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Profile: Ben Meisner

Profile: Ben Meisner

Professional Hockey Goalie, Playing In Germany

Twitter: @ben_meisner

What past life experiences, physical traumas or genetics do you believe have had an effect on your mental health?

“I was diagnosed with OCD, & anxiety which really kept happiness a distant thing for me. I was bullied relentlessly in school, was abused as a minor by a childhood coach, as well as witnessed a shooting. Not reaching out & internalizing things really led to a spiral for me.

 

 

How did the effects on your mental health appear in terms of symptoms?

I was broken. I pulled away from the world, didn’t try & make friends, or associate w people. I quite honestly didn’t like people & trusted no one. It was a lonely existence.  I was steps away from death by suicide when it really set in what was lying right in front of me: death.

 

 

When and why did you decide to ask for help to get relief?
I felt almost hopeless in the sense that I felt I may as well try & get help, as death would always be there. It was a horrible way of thinking, but it lead to me reaching out for help, which then lead to my recovery.

 

 

What methods helped you individually get/feel better?

I learned tips & techniques to help harness my thoughts, as well as taking medication – which were my saviors. They allowed me to function on a more even level which made it easier to control my thoughts.

 

 

 

Why did you decide to go public with your story? Who were/are you hoping to help and how?

I decided to tell my #SameHere Story because I wanted to save lives. I was living in hell every day & I just thought my story needed to be heard as it was slightly different from most I had read before: Being that I am still playing professional sports, & playing at a high level.  I felt my path to get here was a hard one, one which many players take, which made me feel there was a good chance others would be struggling like I was.

 

 

How did people react when you went public with your story?

Since sharing, I have never felt so loved. The amount of good wishes I’ve received has been overwhelming. I’ve gotten over 1,100 emails w love & respect. It really drives home the fact that people will help you: all you have to do is open up.”

 

 

Links and/or descriptions to any of your own personal resources you would like to share with the Global Mental Health Community:

My article in The Players’ Tribune