AWI Short Film Competition

Kelly Hrudey- Mental Health Advocate

Former NHL goalie Kelly Hrudey was at the height of his career when anxiety and depression threatened to stop him from playing the game he had always loved. Kelly talks about the issues he faced, and shares a message of hope and encouragement for others facing mental health challenges.

Content Heads Up: discussion of anxiety, depression

Director: Paul Day

Writer and producer Paul Day is known for his work on the true crime tv series “The Shocking Truth” and “Sex Lies & Murder”, airing on REELZ Channel. He’s also produced online videos for NHL stars Curtis Joseph and Hockey Night In Canada’s Kelly Hrudey. Editor Dave Alderson has cut sports documentaries, wildlife adventure shows, true crime series and everything in between. His latest series is "Friends Speak" for Reelz Channel. Director of Photography Jesse Desmarais is a behind the scenes technical whiz. He is constantly expanding his skill set, including his camera work with Kelly Hrudey on this important film about athletes and mental health.

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Anxiety is the most common mental illness out there, and it takes a lot of different forms. Experiencing some level of anxiety is a normal...


Depression causes severe, negative changes in the way you think and feel which makes it difficult to manage day-to-day tasks and activities such working, sleeping,...


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