Mike Fisher has always had the utmost respect for Luke Richardson, as a player, a teammate, a coach and a father.
Fisher was a member of the Ottawa Senators when Richardson's 15-year-old daughter, Daron, committed suicide and he witnessed first hand the emotional nightmare the family endured following her death.
In the ensuing months following Daron's death the Richardson's found strength in bringing awareness to mental health and launched the Do It For Daron campaign, a youth-driven initiative focused on raising awareness and inspiring conversations about youth mental health.
Fisher has always been an active member in the community and he was proud to help spread Daron's message and the importance of talking to someone.
Fisher and wife Carrie Underwood put together a Public Service Announcement video to help ensure the message gets out to as many people as possible.
"Luke and Stephanie are such amazing people and doing such great work for a great cause," said Fisher. "They're making a difference in so many people's lives. It's important for everyone to recognize the importance of this issue."
The NHL has also joined in on bringing awareness to mental health with various teams holding Hockey Talks events.
The seven Canadian NHL franchises, with the support of the NHL, held a month-long initiative to bring increased dialogue and awareness to mental health and effective treatments. A game night in each respective city was dedicated to Hockey Talks where each team lent their voice to help encourage a national conversation about mental health and wellness.
"It's great to see the league get behind this," said Fisher. "It's such an important issue and affects so many people."
Here is the link to Fisher and Underwood's PSA for DIFD http://www.difd.com/videos/d-i-f-d-mike-fisher-carrie-underwood-psa/ and be sure to visit www.DIFD.com