Purple Hearts airs today on TSN for Bell Let's Talk Day
The story behind Do It For Daron is the focus of the TSN Original feature Purple Hearts, produced in support of the fourth-annual Bell Let's Talk Day. Purple Hearts premieres during the 10pm et/7pm pt edition of SportsCentre tonight and is also featured in all editions of SportsCentre on Tuesday - this year's Bell Let's Talk Day.
Directed by Gemini Award-winning TSN Feature Producer Mike Farrell, Purple Hearts shares the story of Daron Richardson, daughter of former NHL defenceman Luke Richardson, who took her own life at the age of 14 in November 2010.
The tragedy shocked the entire city of Ottawa, including Daron's hockey teammates on the Ottawa Senators - her best and closest friends. Purple Hearts examines this remarkable group of young girls' quest to honour Daron's memory, both with their play on the ice and their activism in the community. Their goal is simply, Do It For Daron.
Farrell is also behind Talk To Me: The Story of James Patrick Peek, an emotional documentary about the suicide of his best friend's brother, which was produced in support of last year's Bell Let's Talk Day. Encore presentations of Talk To Me will air Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 1pm et on CTV Two* and at 11:30pm et on TSN2.
TSN furthers the conversation throughout Bell Let's Talk Day with a slate of mental health-themed programming, including special editions of OFF THE RECORD WITH MICHAEL LANDSBERG and NHL ON TSN.
Continuing his ongoing discussion on mental health, Michael Landsberg will also host a one-hour Ask Me Anything chat on Reddit.com beginning at 11am et.
Here is a complete overview of TSN's Bell Let's Talk Day programming:
Monday, January 27
Purple Hearts - 10pm et edition of SportsCentre on TSN (encore presentations will air across all editions of SportsCentre on Tuesday)
Tuesday, January 28
OFF THE RECORD WITH MICHAEL LANDSBERG - 5pm et on TSN
Long-time mental health advocate Michael Landsberg hosts a special edition of OFF THE RECORD on Bell Let's Talk Day. The program will include a tribute to canoeist and three-time Olympian John Wood, who took his own life in January 2013 after a battle with depression. Landsberg will be joined by two of Wood's children, Alan and Jennifer, who will speak publicly for the first time since John died. OFF THE RECORD also features PGA Canada professional golfer Andrew Jensen, who has survived multiple suicide attempts and will speak candidly about what drove him to the point of suicide.
NHL ON TSN - 7pm et on TSN
James Duthie chats with Clara Hughes about mental health and Clara's Big Ride during the first intermission of the NHL ON TSN: Tampa Bay @Toronto.
DARKNESS AND HOPE: DEPRESSION, SPORTS, AND ME - 10:30pm et on TSN2 (also airs at Noon et on CTV Two*)
An encore presentation of Michael Landsberg's Canadian Screen Award-nominated documentary about sports and depression.
TALK TO ME: THE STORY OF JAMES PATRICK PEEK - 11:30pm et on TSN2 (also airs at 1 pm et on CTV Two*)
An encore presentation of the emotional documentary produced in support of last year's Bell Let's Talk Day. Gemini Award-winning TSN field producer Mike Farrell sits down with his best friend's family to talk about the loss of their son and brother to suicide, and how sport helped them cope and inspire change in their community.
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