"Hope Happens Here": St. Michael's Athletes Fight Mental Health Issues

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - St. Michael's athletics is making a push for mental health awareness.

This week putting on four games with "Hope Happens Here". An organization established last year by current men's hockey seniors Danny Divis and Justin McKenzie.

Over the weekend, both the men's and women's teams wore special jerseys for games in South Burlington that would be auctioned off after the action. A total fundraising effort of about $4,000.

Proceeds benefit "To Write Love on Her Arms" a non-profit dedicated to providing hope and help for those dealing with depression, addiction and self injury.

The founders say the money can go a long way, but their message is about communication.

Both Divis and McKenzie say they've personally been affected by suicides as a result of poor mental health. They say many athletes they know have been as well.

"Hope Happens Here" will continue to fight this week. They'll have a presence wednesday night at a St. Michael's men's and women's basketball doubleheader in Colchester.

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