UBC student spearheads mental health initiative

August 3, 2018

A UBC Thunderbirds Mental Health Hub has been started up by Thunderbirds hockey player Mikayla Ogrodniczuk. According to the Vancouver Sun, Ogrodniczuk envisioned the online resource for university athletes in the wake of teammate Laura Taylor’s suicide in 2016. “As an athlete, it’s never something you think about — your teammate will be sitting in her stall beside you one day and then not the next,” said Ogrodniczuk, adding that the stigma around mental health persists for student athletes, and that the Hub, which includes links to stories by Olympic-level athletes such as Ian Thorpe, encourages student athletes to treat mental health issues as they would physical injuries. Vancouver Sun