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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.

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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.

Buzz Bishop

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.

The Speakers

Events will feature stories from star athletes, sportscasters, influential bloggers and other fired-up folks, coping strategies from Anxiety Canada psychologists, and workouts for all fitness levels.

Gordon Asmundson

Speaker: Dr. Gordon Asmundson

Anxiety Canada Expert, Anxiety Canada Scientific Advisory Committee Member, and Registered Doctoral Psychologist

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.

Melanie Badali

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.

Kevin Bieksa

Speaker: Kevin Bieksa

CMHF Champion, HNIC Studio Analyst, former NHL defenseman, and mental health advocate

Kevin Bieksa is a former NHL defenseman 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.

Buzz Bishop

Moderator: Buzz Bishop

CMHF Champion, moderator, radio host, dad blogger, and Diabetes Canada advocate

Buzz Bishop is a 25-year radio veteran, currently as co-host for Mornings with Heather and Buzz on XL 103 in Calgary and weekend shows on Z95.3 in Vancouver. He is also a writer, columnist, and creator of the blog DadCAMP—bringing Dads together socially. Off-air, Buzz is a 15-year Diabetes Canada advocate and a three-time Guinness World Record holder:

  1. The longest game of Netball,
  2. being part of the largest group of men to have a PSA test for prostate cancer, and
  3. being in the crowd throwing the largest amount of teddy bears on the ice at a hockey game.
James Cybulski

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.

Tommy Europe

Coach: Tommy Europe

CMHF 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.

Shea Emry

Speaker: Shea Emry

CMHF 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.

Kelly Hrudey

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.

Kaitlin Hrudey

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.

Farhan Lalji

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.

Trevor Linden

Speaker: Trevor Linden

CMHF Champion, former NHL player and executive, co-owner: Club 16, She’s Fit!, and 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.

Dan Murphy

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.

Robert Selles

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.

Simon Whitfield

Speaker: Simon Whitfield

CMHF 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.

Maureen Whittal

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).

Event Details

All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

June 1 — 7

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021 5:30 PM

How to Start A Conversation About Mental Health

Moderator: Dan Murphy
Speakers: Kevin Bieksa, Dr. Melanie Badali

What do you do when someone you care about confides in you about their stress and anxieties?

In this 45-minute virtual speaker series, Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy leads the conversation as former NHL defenseman and current Hockey Night in Canada studio analyst Kevin Bieksa discusses his close relationship with Rick Rypien during his struggles with mental health.

Joined by Anxiety Canada Board Director and Registered Psychologist Dr. Melanie Badali, we dive into how to start a conversation about mental health and support someone who confides in you about their mental health challenges.

Takeaways

  • How to start a conversation with someone who is struggling with stress and anxiety.
  • How to support others who confide in you about their struggles.
  • What are the resources available to men and their families.
  • How can physical activity be used as a tool to help manage stress and anxiety.

Sponsored by:

Ventana Construction
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Saturday, June 5, 2021 11:00 AM

A body-weight-only introductory session led by fitness coach (and Grey Cup winner) Tommy Europe.

This 30-minute workout will take it down to the basics and get you moving. More moving means more sweating. Don’t forget to have a towel and water bottle on hand.

Equipment required

Couch/chair, towel, water bottle

June 8 — 14

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021 5:30 PM

We know about the physical benefits of exercise, such as reducing our risks of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, but how does it benefit our mental health?

In this 45-minute virtual speaker series, award-winning sports broadcaster James Cybulski leads the conversation about men’s mental health. Longtime NHL Player and Executive Trevor Linden and four-time Olympian Simon Whitfield talk about how they incorporate physical activity into their daily lives.

Joined by Anxiety Canada Scientific Committee Member and Registered Doctoral Psychologist Dr. Gordon Asmundson, we look at the scientific research and recommendations on using physical activity as a tool to manage stress and anxiety.

Takeaways

  • How physical activity can help men cope with anxiety and stress.
  • How much physical activity is needed to reap mental health benefits.
  • What are the resources available to men and their families?
  • What types of physical activity men can do, and how to engage their families.

Sponsored by:

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Saturday, June 12, 2021 11:00 AM

The sun is shining, so why not take your show to a park near you.

This 30-minute functional, full-body outdoor workout led by fitness coach (and Grey Cup winner) Tommy Europe can be done outside at your local park or adapted for indoors if the rain is pouring. Designed for all fitness levels, you can even bring your kids along.

Equipment required

Bench, nature, water, towel, dumbbells, or filled milk jugs

June 15 — 21

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021 5:30 PM

Parenting with Anxiety

Moderator: Buzz Bishop
Speakers: Kelly Hrudey, Kaitlin Jones, Dr. Robert Selles

What do you do when your child starts to show signs of anxiety or opens up to you about their anxiety? How do you support them while managing your own stress and anxiety?

In this 35-minute virtual speaker series, Radio Broadcaster Buzz Bishop leads the conversation as Hockey Night in Canada Studio Analyst and Anxiety Canada Champion Kelly Hrudey and his daughter, Kaitlin Jones, share their experiences managing anxiety as a family.

Joined by Anxiety Canada Scientific Committee Member and Registered Psychologist Dr. Robert Selles, we dive into the recommendations and resources available for parenting a child with anxiety and how to parent with your own anxiety.

Takeaways

  • How parents can help their children cope with stress and anxiety.
  • What signs parents should look for and when they should consider seeking professional help for their children.
  • How parents can manage their own stress and anxiety while parenting.
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Saturday, June 19, 2021 11:00 AM

Father Knows Best

Coach: Tommy Europe

Father’s Day family session with the dads calling the shots!

This 30-minute sort-of-sweaty workout is suitable for all ages and led by fitness coach, Grey Cup winner, and father of two Tommy Europe.

Equipment required

Towel, water bottle, skipping rope, medicine ball (or add some heavy items to a backpack like books or soup cans)

June 22 — 30

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021 5:30 PM

How to Be Together While Apart

Moderator: Farhan Lalji
Speakers: Shea Emry, Dr. Maureen Whittal

As we do our part to keep our families and communities safe, how do we manage the isolation that comes with being away from our buddies, extended families, fellow sports fans, and regular get-togethers?

In this 35-minute virtual speaker series, TSN National Reporter Farhan Lalji leads the conversation as former CFL All-Star Shea Emry shares some of his own experiences during the pandemic.

Joined by Anxiety Canada Scientific Committee Co-Chair and Psychologist Dr. Maureen Whittal, we dive into the recommendations and resources available for those struggling during isolation and explore how to stay connected to friends and family during this time.

Takeaways

  • How to manage the stress and anxieties of social isolation.
  • How to stay connected to friends and family during the pandemic.
  • How to use physical activity to cope with isolation.
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Saturday, June 26, 2021 11:00 AM

Arms and Abs Blast

Coach: Tommy Europe

Fellas, we all like our arms to fill out a shirt nicely, so this workout will make you want to pull out your tight shirt.

Led by fitness coach (and Grey Cup winner) Tommy Europe, this 30-minute workout is going to be a fun-filled session with a major focus on arms, using things you can find in the garage and around the house.

Equipment required

Couch, full milk jug, chair, resistance band (optional)

All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

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Discover ways to improve your well-being with:

  • Live and recorded access to 8 virtual events
  • Insights from the stories of well-known Canadians
  • Expert advice from health and fitness professionals
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