When Colby Streuli died in July after a decadelong struggle with mental illness, Ted Streuli turned to hockey as a way to honor his son's memory.
“The happiest time in his life was when he was playing a lot of youth hockey,” Streuli recalled recently. “It was a period of time when we were the closest and spent the most time together.”
Colby Streuli, who suffered from schizophrenia and paranoia, was 28 when he died in an accidental drowning, his father said. He is the inspiration for the first Homeland Freeze Your Face-Off 5K on Jan. 18 in downtown Oklahoma City.
In Oklahoma, an estimated 620,473 adults suffer from mental illness, according to the state Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Department. Of those, 146,213 have a “serious” mental illness and an estimated 135,047 have experienced serious psychological stress in the past year.
Those who suffer from severe mental illnesses have an expected life span that is 25 years shorter than most people, and suicide is more common among those afflicted.
Proceeds from the afternoon run and a Barons hockey game to follow will benefit the National Alliance for Mental Illness in Oklahoma. The $30 entry fee includes the run and admission to the game.
How to help
To register or for more information, call 657-9935 or go to www.freeze