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Matthew's Writing

“This struggle must be fought by all of us… We must not fall victim to the epidemic and miss our opportunity…to address these problems that many of us feel so uncomfortable to talk about. It is a real problem and calls for real action…We must be strong, unified, and committed to pushing through this epidemic. Dark gray clouds have plagued us for some time now, but bright blue skies are up ahead…It is… the time for us to act… We must take action!... We will push through this epidemic together and come out even stronger.”

Matthew Benedict, Middlebury College

Start the Conversation Now: Life is Precious

Matthew wrote this Blog the day after he graduated from Middlebury College. It was his first public address about Mental Health and his concern for others. 

The Tragic Loss of Rick Rypien:
In Honor of World Mental Health Day

On World Mental Health Day in 2017, Matthew wrote a story about Rick Rypien, a professional hockey player who passed away on August 15, 2011, at the age of 27.  This date happens to be Matthew’s birthday. Rick’s and Matthew's loss is a lesson to all of us.

Lessons for the NHL After Examining the Life of Derek Boogaard

Along with telling Derek Boogaard’s story, Matthew discussed issues that the NHL should be addressing. Matthew wrote this paper for his Drug Testing Seminar class at UB Law School and also posted it on his Street Smart Sports Blog.

In order to improve the quality of the league, Matthew addressed some of the concerns that the NFL needs to address. Matthew wrote this in the UB Law Sports and Entertainment Forum that he was a student contributor in.