Theo Fleury shares emotional post to help raise awareness for World Suicide Prevention Day
- Now a heavily-involved advocate for mental health, Fleury rehashed that night in his latest tweet.
- In support of World Suicide Prevention Day, Fleury explains that talking about his issues and seeking help led to the beginning of his healing process.
15 years ago I had a fully loaded pistol in my mouth ready to end my life not because I wanted to die but I was exhausted from living in emotional pain and suffering. I started talking about my trauma and started to heal.
- When Theo Fleury was in the NHL, he was extremely beloved by lots of fans, teammates, and other players.
- Representing the shortest player in the league at 5’6, Fleury’s willingness to get into it with opponents and do his team’s dirty work was a quick way of winning over appreciation.
- Unfortunately, Fleury had deeper issues which weren’t completely obvious to those cheering on his grit.
- In an autobiography published back in 2009, Fleury alleges that he was sexually abused his coach, Graham James, and that it had led him to much deeper problems.
- Fleury claims that most of his income was spent very impulsively, on drugs, alcohol, gambling, and women.
- His volatile lifestyle boiled over to the point where he explains he actually had a loaded gun to his mouth, seriously considering taking his own life.
- Much love for the survivor of depression and addiction, and we hope Fleury is able to continue changing the lives of others that may be struggling.
- We get by with a little help from our friends, and sometimes those friends come from unexpected places.
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