About The Huddle

This blog is dedicated to sharing the voices of student-athletes and igniting the conversation around mental health and illness in Canadian varsity sport. You will also find valuable expert pieces in the Wheelhouse, coach-specific articles, and contributions from family members and friends. We hope you find what you are looking for, and if not, send us an email and we will do our best to broaden the discussion!

“The impact of injuries on mental health” with Dr. Edwards

Athletes place their bodies under stress every time they step onto the court, field, weight room, track, or dive into the pool. It’s an accepted part of their pursuit for success and excellence. The grind of the high-intensity workouts and competitions are a part of life and is what drives these athletes. So what happens when an athlete is suddenly […]

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“When athletes struggle” with Dr. Edwards

Dr. Carla Edwards is a Psychiatrist whose practice focuses on the treatment of mental illness and psychological struggles in athletes. She devotes her time to the treatment of athletes at the Synergy Sport + Mental Health Clinic, McMaster University, the University of Guelph, and the community as a whole. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.

“You’re _____________ [weak], [useless], […]

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Liam’s Story: Through the Gates of Hell

Liam Cavanagh is the Director of Hockey Operations for University of Massachusetts Boston Men’s Hockey and a former student-athlete. This is the first time he has shared his story publicly. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

Imagine having thoughts running through your head. Thoughts that could turn into irreversible decisions. If I wasn’t here, would it be easier? I wouldn’t […]

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CJ’s Story: Peter Parker to Spiderman

Chawki-Jason Huard Berro is a graduate student at the University of Ottawa, and has represented Canada in the sport of Taekwondo since 2014, on both the collegiate national team and senior national team. He is also a member of the uOttawa SAMHI Campus Team. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

Growing up I learned to admire fictional superheroes from […]

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Scarlett’s Story: “It’s okay to be sad”

Scarlett Smith is fourth year Nursing student and varsity soccer player at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is also a SAMHI Campus Team lead and doing amazing work in her community! Thank you for sharing your story with us.

I believe being an athlete is one of the greatest gifts life can offer to us. It shapes us as human […]

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Theresa’s story: Athlete, artist, therapist

Theresa Hart Black, M.A. attained a Masters of Art in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA while serving as the assistant coach for NDNU Women’s Volleyball program from 2012-2015.  Her thesis focused on “Student-athletes utilizing art therapy as a way to process athletic identity and reduce anxiety as they transitioned […]

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