How do you know if you, a teammate, or another friend is having a problem with their ability to enjoy each and every day?

B : Behaviour.

Is someone you know behaving in an obviously new and unexpected way? Is it unpredictable?

U : Uncomfortable.

Does someone’s behavior or attitude make you feel "unsafe" or uncomfortable?

D : Depressed.

Does someone you know seem depressed, unhappy, withdrawn or irritable more often than not?

D : Different.

Is someone consistently just a little different than what you are used to?

Y : You.

You are not alone. Trust what you are feeling. Other people may feel just like you. Remember you should be your own buddy too.


Have the courage to speak up and get help for a friend/teammate­ or for yourself. It’s the hardest thing to do, but it’s also the single most important step you can take. Speak to a teammate, friend, coach, manager, a doctor, mental health professional, a family member, a helpline – anyone you trust.

Remember: there are people who are ready to listen, and to help. And if you know someone who may need help, remember that you could be in their shoes. Don’t bully or stigmatize them – have a heart. The more you understand, the easier it is to have empathy. Learn about your friend, teammate, or family member’s challenges. Go online. There are a lot of resources to help you.

Click here for resources where you can get help »


As a coach, you can help your kids by giving them a shared activity, helping your players understand the importance of being aware of mental health and reminding them how important it is to find someone to reach out to for help. Check out our ‘Coach’s Notes’ section for tools you can use with your team.

As a player, you can commit to being a Buddy to your team mates (and yourself) by learning about mental health and having the courage to seek help for you or your teammates. We’ve got cards and posters you can print out and put in classrooms, dressing rooms or even in your wallet to remind you to do a Buddy Check with friends, teammates, family and yourself.

As a parent, player or general supporter, you can ask your kids’ coaches to consider joining with other youth hockey teams as part of Buddy Check for Jesse.

Anyone can help us reach young players and their coaches across Canada, and beyond, by printing the resources from this website, and supplying green tape to your team.

Or consider a donation through the BC Amateur Sport Fund. A small donation can have a huge impact on a large number of players and their entire hockey ‘family’.


Post your photos and videos of mental health support on social media using the hashtag #BuddyCheckForJesse


With the support of BC Hockey, Buddy Check for Jesse is proud to have qualified for the BC Amateur Sport Fund.

Administered by Sport BC, the BC Amateur Sport Fund is the BC chapter of the Canadian Council of Provincial & Territorial Sport Federations (CCPTSF).

The CCPTSF is a Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Association with charitable status (registration number 88938 6868 RR0001) established to benefit amateur sport across Canada by supporting projects such as this one.

All proceeds will go to funding packages (tape/posters/wrist bands/coach resources etc.) for individual teams. Considering that It costs approximately $30 per team, your donation will provide a significant impact with the Buddy Check message reaching an entire hockey family, which includes the players, coaches, and all the parents and fans in the arena.

Buddy Check For Jesse is grateful for your generosity.
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