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Athletes are sharing their mental health stories – This is why it’s important

Let's talk about athletes, students, mental health, Kevin Love, anxiety, and how we become a healthier society.

About 8 months ago, I started working on creating a non-profit focusing on mental health with my dad, Don Amorosi. After hours of brainstorming and going back on forth on our objectives, we saw a need in a smaller, more niche demographic: teen and student athletes.

Everyday, more and more athletes are outwardly talking about their mental health. Kevin Love, a 6’10, 250 pound Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player speaks openly about how he manages his mental health. Love “goes to therapy and takes medication. He tries to meditate every day. He spends quiet time with his dog, Vestry”.

After Love experienced his first panic attack back in November 2017, he was determined to find the help he needed to better his mental health and maintain a happy mind. Not only is Love treating his anxiety, but he is helping other young athletes do the same by being an advocate for erasing the stigma around talking about mental health.

Everyone is Going Through Something

Society trusts athletes because athletes are seen as strong, attractive, powerful, influential, tough, leaders, disciplined, committed, and so on. Vulnerable, anxious, scared, depressed, worried, compassionate, alone, empathetic, obsessively compulsive are usually words that don’t come to mind right away when we think about athletes. But athletes can be all of these things bundled into one person. The same goes for a doctor, a chef, a son, a teacher, an accountant, a mom. This is because we are all people. No one in this world is just an athlete, just a teacher, or just a mom. They are people with strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures. In order to have people understand that mental health is an everyone thing, we have to start somewhere and Archer’s Aim is starting with teen athletes.

The goal of Archer’s Aim is to shine light on teen athlete mental health and be a resource for coaches & students. Archer’s Aim hopes for students & teens to know that they are not just athletes, they are so much more. If more student athletes start talking about their moods, trauma, feelings, anxiousness, etc, it’ll not only help them, but many other students around them as well. In order to erase the stigma around mental health, we have to talk about mental heath.

Our physical health and mental health are intertwined. If both are not prioritized and actively worked on, injuries will happen both physically and mentally. Anxiety can lead to a physical injury just like a physical injury can lead to anxiety.

“Mental (fitness) is just as important as physical because if you’re not there mentally, you might as well not be out there,” Josh Woods said.

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In order to erase the stigma around mental health, we have to talk about mental heath.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE. EVER.
If you have a story to share, please reach out.

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3 comments on “Athletes are sharing their mental health stories – This is why it’s important

  1. Ingrid Burchfield Latham

    Dear Addison, I have worked with student athletes for many years, and it is wonderful that you are bringing awareness to this issue. Keep up the great work and positivity!

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    • Thank you, Ingrid. We’d love to have you at a future event and learn from all the work you’ve done with student athletes. Until then, take care!

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  2. Jennifer Lindemann

    I love this post Addison! Big Archer’s Aim supporter over here❤️

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