On Friday, February 9th, McFadden’s Movement was proud to host Kelsey Mighton as the MM27 Ambassador of the Game.
A 17-year-old from Durham, Ontario, Kelsey saw and felt the direct effects of suicide when her older brother, Tanner, lost his close friend, Wes Cameron, in 2011.
“It affected my whole family,” Kelsey remembered. “That’s when I realized how important mental health really is.”
“During that time, I learned that talking about mental health helps, and it’s okay to not be okay,” she continued.
Following the loss of Wes, Wes’ parents, Yolanda and Jamie Cameron, founded WES for Youth Online – a free online counselling service for youth, that seeks to provide ‘Wellness & Emotional Support for youth online.’
Kelsey, who is also a defenseman and assistant captain for the Guelph Jr. Gryphons Girls Midget AA team and an avid hockey fan, is actively involved with WES for Youth Online, and has played a significant role in planning the Battle for Mental Health for the last five years, featuring a benefit hockey game between WES for Youth and Get In Touch For Hutch.
“I believe it’s important to volunteer for organizations to support others, and to raise awareness for mental health,” Kelsey shared.