Linebacker Shea Emry was bullied as a child, something which pushed him into athletics, but being subject to abuse stayed with him.

"Football allowed me to find an outlet for my anger and the pain that was from the bullying but in the end it gave me depression," said Emry.

"I got concussions and I really was living a sedentary lifestyle, wasn't allowed to work out, wasn't allowed to do the stuff that I actually love to do."

Emry said his life changed significantly when he led a talk for Ami Quebec last year and brought some old friends, one of whom used that opportunity to open up.

"He told me that he doesn't know his friends and his friends don't even know who he is because of the fact that we haven't had these open conversations," said Emry.

For more, watch the full interview with Mutsumi Takahashi.