Mental Health - Athletes for Hope

Mental Health

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The Whole Being Athlete Program

Established in May 2021 due to the growing demand from our athlete network, the Whole Being Athlete Program provides opportunities to listen, learn and engage in a larger discussion about the importance of addressing mental health and promote the importance of recognizing Whole Being Athletes.

Along with establishing strategic partnerships through this program, AFH:

  • Provides mental health education and training to our athlete network
  • Expands athlete voice and input in the mental health space
  • Cultivates community activations and service related to athlete mental health
  • Offers advocacy opportunities with existing mental health organizations

Athlete Mental Health Stories

“I’ve had my own struggles with mental health, and feel it is a topic that is left untouched in many minority communities and the world of sports.”

Natasha Hastings, Olympic Track and Field

Read Natasha’s story.

Gabby Seiler smiling and hugging her dog.

“Being a professional athlete comes with pressure and it is tough for everyone but for me prioritizing my mental health is the reason I am still playing today. I want people to know that having a mental illness is not a personal failure.”

Gabby Seiler, Professional Soccer

Read Gabby’s story.

Mariah Parsons standing in front of the Notre Dame logo and raising her arms

“I hope we change the narrative of mental health and instead of viewing these challenges as weakness, we admire the person’s effort to do their best each and every day.”

Mariah Parsons, Notre Dame Rowing ’21

Read Mariah’s story.

Our Mental Health Partners and Collaborators

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Get Involved

As we continue to build this program out, we are eager to work with collaborative partners and collaborators. If you are a nonprofit, mental health expert, corporation, athlete or beyond and would like to get involved with this important work, please reach out to Suzanne Potts, LMSW, MPH.

If someone you know is struggling with their mental health, please call:
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) hotline
1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
M-F 10am-8pm Eastern