Mattila, inspired by Bieksa, thought that was the perfect way to help athletes get the support necessary to cope with mental health issues. The idea came into reality with the creation of a website called MindRight.
When MindRight was being created Mattila was in the middle of his grade 12 year at a high school in Prince George.
A handful of years later, the website continues to grow, serving as a mental health wellness program designed to educate players, coaches, parents, and supporters.
“We want to encourage young people to be open and engage in peer to peer conversation. We want to support, connect, and build ties with young people using hockey as a medium. All while creating a movement with a brand that makes mental health relatable and accessible”
Mattila’s efforts with MindRight landed him the honour of being BC Hockey’s Humanitarian of the Year in 2017.
In the weeks following, the word of Mattila’s hard work reached an all time high when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged him over social media. It didn’t stop there though, subsequently the PM flew Mattila to Ottawa for an in-person meeting the following year to discuss mental health initiatives.