Every single day, Kindersley's DJay McGrath does what he can to promote mental health.
Through in-person speaking opportunities and social media posts McGrath has made a difference in his own life, as he can only hope that the feeling is reciprocated.
Earlier this week he shared this message on Men's Mental Health Awareness Month.
The video above was just one that made it online from a busy June.
For months now McGrath has been lining up video interviews with people from all spectrums. The past few weeks saw McGrath welcome in Brad McLeod and Jocelyne Guenard to talk sobriety, hockey scout Wayne Labrie to continue McGraths theme of staying on the ice, and then Eston local Bret Howe joined the conversation as well.
Once hockey season ended, his schedule opened up significantly. We talked to McGrath about the busy times.
"Right now it's been a slow time for me. School is getting out and hockey is done, but right now I am sending out a whole bunch of emails to the SJHL, AJHL, and continuing to share my story on all my social medias." said McGrath who shared his support people hasn't wavered. "I'm getting a lot of messages, texts, from people telling me to keep doing what I am doing because it is helping them."
The kind words are great. Most importantly though, McGrath knows this is helping him stay sober and in the right lane to keep sharing his story.
McGrath's other main focus is the upcoming "Mental Health Classic". Sign-up has been open for the summer tournament for a few weeks now.
Still quite the hockey player, McGrath isn't about to leave his roots. One of his biggest video interviews in 2023 saw him bring on former teammate in junior and current defenseman for the NHL's Florida Panthers Radko Gudas.
After that segment Gudas promptly went on a run to the Stanley Cup Finals.
McGrath talked about what it meant to score such a big name to talk about mental health.
"I can't say enough good things about Radko Gudas. He was in Everett when I came in and we clicked since day one, and we kept in touch. Obviously in my drugs and alcohol past we went our separate ways, but I reached out to him about four months ago and kind of told him everything that was going on, and he took time out of his day and said he was proud of me."
Gudas offered to do whatever he could to help, and being on a professional team that utilizes a mental health staff, he was a great guest for McGrath.
"For him to come on my (platform) and show these kids that it's ok to not be ok, and him explaining his mental health problems," said McGrath, "It was really eye opening for an NHL'er like Radko Gudas to come on and support me and give a good message to the kids."
Role models can mean everything. That's why McGrath has taken his weekly street hockey game out of Kindersley, heading to Kerrobert, and now Biggar as you can see below.