June 1-30, 2021 – Join one or more of our free virtual events!
Move For Your Mental Health Events
As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic grinds on, have you started to rethink your coping strategies? Gain quality advice, accessible tools, and motivation from Canadian athletes, personalities, and psychologists for you and your family to manage stress, anxiety, and loneliness.
My youngest son deals with anxiety in his life, and I have had many moments of self-doubt myself. The pandemic has thrown many unknowns into our lives. I’m looking forward to hearing about how Kelly (Hrudey) and his family rise above them.
What is move for your mental health?
Move for Your Mental Health is a campaign featuring virtual speaker events and workouts designed to motivate you to get active for your mental health in June. At the same time, we are raising funds to make a difference for Canadian men and their families struggling with their mental health.
- Move for your mental health.
- Learn something new about coping with stress, anxiety, and loneliness.
- Inspire others with newly learned insights, helpful tools, and coping strategies.
- Donate to fund online mental health programming and services for Canadian men and their families to live healthier. All proceeds go to the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation and Anxiety Canada.
Events will feature stories from star athletes, sportscasters, influential bloggers and other fired-up folks, coping strategies from Anxiety Canada health experts, and workouts for all fitness levels.
Speaker: Dr. Gordon Asmundson
Gordon J. G. Asmundson, Ph.D., is a Registered Doctoral Psychologist and Full Professor of Psychology at the University of Regina. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders, Development Editor of Clinical Psychology Review, and serves on the editorial boards for nine other journals. He has also published 325 peer-reviewed journal articles, 70 book chapters, and eight books.
Speaker: Dr. Melanie Badali
Anxiety Canada Expert, Anxiety Canada Board Director, and Registered Psychologist
Dr. Melanie Badali is a Registered Psychologist certified in the practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). With over 15 years of experience working as a clinician, researcher, and instructor in psychology, Dr. Badali currently provides assessment and treatment services at the North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic. She is also a registered psychology provider for Veterans Affairs Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the Canadian Forces.
Speaker: Kevin Bieksa
CMHF National Champion, HNIC Studio Analyst, and former NHL defenceman
Kevin Bieksa is a former NHL defenceman who skated for the Vancouver Canucks for over ten seasons before finishing his 13-year career with the Anaheim Ducks. He is currently a Hockey Night in Canada studio analyst. Kevin became a mental health speaker and advocate when his good friend and teammate Rick Rypien passed away from his depression in August of 2011.
Moderator: Buzz Bishop
Moderator, radio host, dad blogger, and Diabetes Canada advocate
- The longest game of Netball,
- being part of the largest group of men to have a PSA test for prostate cancer, and
- being in the crowd throwing the largest amount of teddy bears on the ice at a hockey game.
Moderator: James Cybulski
Moderator, sports broadcaster, and voice of EA Sports’ NHL 21
James Cybulski is an award-winning sports radio and television broadcaster. Over his 25-year career, Cybulski has hosted shows on Sportsnet 650 Vancouver and TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto. Cybulski also spent time as a television sportscaster and reporter for SportsCentre on TSN and Sportsnet. Currently, James is the play-by-play commentator for EA Sports NHL 20 and 21, and when he isn’t talking, he tries keeping up with his daughters at home in Delta, BC.
Coach: Tommy Europe
CMHF National Champion, Award-winning Fitness Coach, CFL All-Star
Tommy Europe is one of Canada’s most recognized fitness personalities, a two-time CFL All-Star, and Grey Cup Champion. Following retirement, he launched his career as a personal trainer, starring as the television host for 6 seasons on The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp and Bulging Brides. In addition to offering a suite of training services, Tommy is also a professional stunt actor, keynote speaker, best-selling author, and KidSport BC ambassador.
Speaker: Shea Emry
CMHF National Champion, former CFL player, Founder of The Wellmen Project, and mental health advocate
Shea Emry is a retired Canadian football linebacker and two-time Grey Cup champion who played eight seasons in the CFL. Since suffering a concussion in 2011, he has become a mental health advocate and speaker, joining platforms such as Bell’s Let’s Talk, The David Suzuki Foundation, Movember, and the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation. In 2014 he founded The Wellmen Project, a dude-centric endeavour to support the next generation of men in becoming mentally well.
Speaker: Kelly Hrudey
Anxiety Canada Champion, Sportsnet & HNIC Broadcaster, former NHL goaltender, and mental health advocate
Kelly Hrudey is a former NHL ice hockey goaltender who played for the New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings, and San Jose Sharks over his 15-year career. He is also a broadcaster with Sportsnet, with over 20 years as a Hockey Night in Canada analyst and Calgary Flames commentator. Hrudey is a mental health advocate, inspired in part by his daughter's struggles with anxiety.
Speaker: Kaitlin Jones
Kelly Hrudey’s daughter, mental health advocate
Kaitlin Jones, daughter of Kelly Hrudey, spoke out publicly in 2013 about her struggles with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. She joins her father as a speaker and mental health advocate, sharing her story to help others struggling with anxiety.
Moderator: Farhan Lalji
Moderator, Vancouver correspondent and senior reporter of TSN SportsCentre
Farhan Lalji is the Vancouver correspondent and senior football reporter for TSN SportsCentre. With close to 25 years with TSN, he covers the Canucks, BC Lions, and other sports stories in the Vancouver area and contributes to CTV Vancouver as a sports anchor. Lalji continues to be extensively involved in developing and coaching football at the grassroots level in B.C., something he’s been doing for the past 30 years.
Speaker: Trevor Linden
CMHF National Champion, former NHL player and executive, and Co-owner: Club 16, She’s Fit!, Orangetheory Fitness
Trevor Linden is a former NHL player who spent 16 of his 20 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, and four more as the club’s President of Hockey Operations. In 1998 he was elected President of the National Hockey League Players’ Association, a position he held for eight years. Today, Trevor is the co-owner of fitness clubs across B.C.’s Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, including Club 16 Trevor Linden Fitness, She’s Fit!, and Orangetheory Fitness.
Moderator: Dan Murphy
Moderator, Sportsnet & HNIC Broadcaster, and Co-author of Journeyman
Dan Murphy is a decorated Canadian sportscaster with Rogers Sportsnet. He has been hosting Vancouver Canucks TV broadcasts for over 20 years while making appearances as a rinkside reporter on NHL Sportsnet and Hockey Night in Canada. He is also the co-author of the book Journeyman with Sean Pronger.
Speaker: Dr. Robert Selles
Anxiety Canada Expert, Anxiety Canada Scientific Committee Member, and Registered Psychologist
Dr. Robert Selles is a Registered Psychologist and Postdoctoral Fellow with the Provincial OCD Program at B.C. Children’s Hospital. He also sees a small number of patients in private practice at Cornerstone Child and Family Psychology Clinic. Dr. Selles has considerable training, clinical expertise, and research activity, including a number of scientific publications, in assessing and treating OCD, anxiety disorders, and repetitive behaviour disorders.
Speaker: Simon Whitfield
CMHF National Champion, Four-time Olympian, and Co-founder Relentless Pursuit Partners
Simon Whitfield is a four-time Olympian, gold medalist, silver medalist, and the all-time most decorated triathlete in Canada. Since retirement, he has continued as an ambassador and mentor for aspiring triathletes. Simon also co-founded an investment and consulting business known as Relentless Pursuit Partners—working with entrepreneurs and companies that promote, enhance and maintain optimum health and an active lifestyle.
Speaker: Dr. Maureen Whittal
Anxiety Canada Expert, Anxiety Canada Scientific Committee Co-Chair, and Registered Psychologist
Dr. Maureen Whittal is Scientific Committee Co-Chair, a co-founder of Anxiety Canada, and a psychologist at the Vancouver CBT Centre. She also holds appointments in the UBC Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry. Dr. Whittal is an acknowledged expert in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and is internationally known for her work in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).