Let me tell you a story about Jhonas Erik Enroth.
He was born June 25, 1988 in Stockholm Sweden. He’s small for a goalie, at 5’10” and typically catches left. Currently he plays as a backup goalie on the Buffalo Sabres.
He is, in fact, extremely agile and athletic. Although he is often shadowed by Buffalo’s superstar goalie, Ryan Miller, Enroth has been known to express visible talent between the pipes. Last season, he recorded the only shutout of the season against the Philadelphia Flyers. He also joined Team Sweden in the World Championship and led the team to gold, breaking a 29-year drought.
But his personality surpasses all of his accomplishments.
About four years ago, I was diagnosed with Major Depression. I have struggled through self-harm and suicide attempts countless number of times. Recently, I have lost five friends. Needless to say, I was slipping into a major depressive episode. Usually, I talk to my friends to help me, but in my current position, I had no one to talk to. About five days ago, I planned on ending my life. But I had to tell someone.
About two months earlier, I had stumbled across Enroth’s Facebook. I obviously wasn’t friends with him, and he was famous, technically speaking, so I concluded that he probably wouldn’t read a Facebook chat sent by a random girl. So I messaged him: You probably won’t read this, but I have to tell someone. I want to kill myself.
He responded almost immediately. We talked all that night and all of the next day. He asked me questions about my family and my school and my aspirations. Within each response, he told me a story about himself. He also pointed out reasons in which I should stay alive. The conversation was calming. I forgot I was talking to an NHL player. He was patient and kind. At the end of our two day conversation, he told me that he enjoyed talking to me and that I should message him ANYTIME I wanted to talk.
That conversation might have saved my life.