We, the family and friends of Alex McLaughlin, will be forever blessed and changed by his life and his death at the age of 23 by suicide. No other family should have to endure this grief. For this reason we will host an annual basketball tournament to both share his passion for the game and to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention and the mental health needs of student athletes.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among males between the ages of 19 and 24 and some of these victims are athletes. Mental illness affects 1 in 5 Canadians at some point in their life. The stress and pressure faced by student athletes is tremendous and we are just beginning to address their particular mental health needs.
This year we are proud to direct our support and fund raising efforts towards an organization named SAMHI - Student Athlete Mental Health Initiative. This young group is working hard to eliminate the stigma of mental health in post secondary sport, to facilitate access to resources needed to maintain and improve mental health and to advocate on behalf of student athletes experiencing mental illness. We hope to assist them with building the next phase of their website that will help students navigate resources on their own campus.
Our work will help to educate athletes, families, coaches and athletic organizations of all sports and offer strategies for how to access assistance for those in need. The athletic community does not need to lose one more young person to suicide.
We hope you will participate in our third annual Alex McLaughlin Memorial
Basketball Tournament by playing, attending, volunteering or financially
supporting our fund raising initiatives.
Join us for the weekend of August 12 - 14, 2016 at the Homburg Centre for
Health and Wellness at St. Mary's University in Halifax to participate however
you are able.
We can't bring Alex back, but maybe we can make a difference for someone else.