Skateboarding Cures Depression


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Skateboarding Cures Depression
in Canadian Skater Girl

It’s not really a surprise to hear that skateboarding cured the depression of 21 year old canadian Melani Hatter.
Most non-prescription help for depression comes from keeping your brain busy since depression is the result of your brain activity slowing down. What better way to keep your brain aroused than an neural-stimulating sport like skateboarding? Melani Hatter used her love of skateboarding to put herself on the road to recovery from mental illness, why can’t you?

Melani was hospitalized last summer with very supportive family by her side. She also had a friend who visited her daily during those hard days.

“During that time, I kept looking out the window at the people skateboarding on the Halifax Commons. I started to crave boarding as it makes me feel so alive.”

Her friend thought skateboarding would help take Mel’s mind off her illness, even for a little while, so she went and got Melani’s skateboard.

When Melani was well enough, they would skateboard together during Melani’s 30-minute day passes.

“I was fighting severe depression and I couldn’t find a way to beat it. I didn’t see any paths, so I tried to hurt myself. I awoke in the hospital,” said Melani.

“I was told that if I hadn’t ended up there, they were not sure I’d be here today. That’s a very scary thought.”

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, one in five adult Canadians will experience a mental disorder.

Melani wants to help those people like her. Skateboarding was something that helped part of her recovery.
Why not use that skateboarding to raise awareness concerning mental health?

Here’s what Mealni’s explanation on Facebook:

Why I’m raising money for CMHA, National:
From personal experiences with mental health issues, I have come to realize that not enough is being done about mental health in general. I want to raise awareness and funds to support CMHA in any way I can.

I thought of the name “Skating for my Sanity” when I was recently in the hospital for mental health reasons myself. I got re-interested in skatboarding and wondered if I could do anything useful with it to help people who were in a situation like I was.

The original plan was to skateboard from Halifax to Moncton, to raise funds and awareness for CMHA, and mental health in general. However, upon contacting the Department of Motor Vehicles, and discussing the laws, there is no way legally to do this. The Act states that no roller blades or skateboards are allowed on any roadway…which differs from my previous knowledge. Therefore, in August 2012 the plans have changed to say the least. What I will be doing is either holding a skate day at the Halifax Commons, or mapping out a 40k marathon route around Halifax where I can use sidewalks and bikelanes- or both.

Either way, in the end..its not the distance you travel, but the journey you make along the way. Stay tuned for more info.

100% of proceeds donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

So far, Melani has raised $5,000 for the Canadian Mental Health Association. In August, Melani is planning on holding a skateboard event in HRM.

You can follow this skater girl’s progress on Facebook at Skating for my Sanity.

View Comments (4)


  1. Mel Hatter

    April 13, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Hi, just came across this! Thanks for posting…didn’t know if was on here!

  2. Sherelle Singletary

    September 18, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Hello,I have severe depression and for a while I’ve been thinking of skateboarding like my best friend and fiance and now I’ve had this boost of a reason to try I’m going to give it a go and hope for the best,thank you for sharing your experience and I’m really happy for you x

  3. jordan

    December 1, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Earlier this year I went through a period where every day I wanted to kill myself, for no particular reason, other than I felt trapped by my life, by school, work and home life. One of my mates got me back into skating, and I decided that considering the death-rate of suicide is 100%, I might as well go hard as fuck in skating, maybe come close to death, but at-least get a sense of fulfilment out of it.
    Several months later im a far better skater than i ever was and all thoughts of suicide have generally diminished.

  4. Micky

    May 26, 2013 at 2:45 am

    I came across this article at random tonight. It was very heart warming and made me want to skateboard even more, it’s just a shame I have to wait until the sun comes up haha. Great article and this girl’s got it going on in as great a way as possible.

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