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“I had two people in my life that I hadn’t really been in contact with for a while and found out they were going through some really tough things,” Harris said. “I know I have a voice and there are a lot of people who look up to me as a leader in the community, and I wanted to use that platform to push forward this initiative.
It’s just important for people to stay connected and communicate.”
Not just via text, either. But to connect the old-fashioned way, with a call, where they can hear your voice. Or through FaceTime, where they can see your face.
“People get lost in their phones,” Harris said, sounding like someone from my parents’ generation. “And the art of picking up the phone and calling someone is dying.”
Harris’ idea has picked up some steam.
The Bombers are promoting it, and Winnipeg mayor Brian Bowman is among his retweets on Twitter.
Harris went one step further, providing links to resources for those struggling with their mental health.
The response surprised him.
“Since Monday, launching this, I probably sent that link out to 10, 15 people that said, ‘I’m personally struggling,’ or ‘I have someone that’s struggling, can you push me in the right direction.’ Just the fact that I’ve helped a handful of people makes it all worth it.”
At the same time, he’s helping himself.
Yeah, he misses the game, particularly the camaraderie of the locker-room. Heck, he even misses the tedious meetings.
“It’s funny,” he said. “During the season you say, ‘I’m sick of seeing you guys every day.’ But once you don’t have them around, you miss the guys.”
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