Str3ngth in Stories – Virtual Mental Health Conference

A Virtual Mental Health Conference for College Athletes Aimed at Destigmatizing Mental Health By Empowering & Connecting Athletes With One Another.

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Str3ngth in Stories

Our Why

Over the past few months, we have seen our world change dramatically. Our way of living has suddenly shifted from social gatherings to social distancing. During this time of great change, it is more important than ever to focus on creating a unified community that cares about mental health. In order to create this strong & connected community, three nationally recognized mental health organizations that utilize the platform of sport to address mental health in college athletics are coming together to hold the first ever Str3ngth in Stories Virtual Mental Health Conference. On Tuesday June 30th at 4pm PST (7pm EST), D1on1, Hilinski’s Hope, and Dam Worth It are inviting you to connect with athletes from across the country.

Event Details

Tuesday June 30th at 4pm PST (7pm EST)

A Free 2 Hour Virtual Zoom Event For College Athletes That Focuses on a Variety of Mental Health Topics Lead By Mental Health Advocates. The Event Will Consist of a Keynote Speaker, Small Group Breakout Discussion Rooms & Whole Group Closing Reflection.

  • Surprise Guest Speaker
  • Small Zoom Breakout Rooms
  • Facilitators Consisting of a Diverse Group of Mental Health Advocates
  • Mental Health Professionals in Attendance
4:00 PM - 4:15 PMIntroduction
4:15 PM - 4:30 PMGuest Speaker
4:30 PM - 5:30 PMSmall Zoom Breakout Rooms with Facilitator
5:30 PM - 6:00 PMGroup Reflection

Breakout Room Discussion Topics

Diversity, Inclusion & Mental Health

With all the injustices happening in our society right now, it is more important than ever to have supportive and authentic conversations about race and mental health. Despite the fact that mental health does not discriminate, it does impact us all differently. The environment we find ourselves in, along with several factors like race, religion, sexual orientation, and other facets of diversity all directly shape how we experience our own mental health. In this topic, we will have an impactful conversation on diversity and how to create or find inclusivity on your campus.

Sharing Your Story

Your story is your superpower – it has the ability to impact and inspire the lives of people around you. In this topic, you will be supported and empowered to share your personal, athletic, and/or mental health journey. In addition, you will learn a set of storytelling skills developed by experienced mental health advocates.

Coping During COVID-19

COVID-19 has led to significant changes in our day-to-day life. Athletic careers have come to abrupt ends, school has transitioned to online learning, and staying home has become our new day-to-day normal, preventing us from seeing our teammates, friends, and families. In this topic, we will discuss how we have been coping with COVID-19.

Building Community Around Mental Health

Over the last few years there have been many people and organizations that have stepped up to speak about mental health. In this topic, we will discuss with others  how you are working to bring awareness and end the stigma around mental health. Come to this topic to share and to learn ways that you can be a mental health advocate & leader.

Expanding The Athletic Identity

Whether you are a senior who has just finished your last season, or a freshman with a few years of your career left, we all must discover our passions outside sport. In this topic, we will be discussing what is beyond our “Athletic Identity” and talk with other athletes about transitioning to life after sport.

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Our Partners

The Hilinski’s Hope Foundation (H3H) was founded in 2018 by Mark and Kym Hilinski to honor the life of their son Tyler. Tyler’s Mom and Dad and brothers Kelly and Ryan along with their extended families and some amazing friends created H3H in response to the outpouring of love and affection for Tyler during, and after his life.

With H3H we have created a non-profit foundation with the goal of keeping Tyler’s memory alive. We do this by sharing Tyler’s story, connecting students with mental health resources, assisting universities to institutionalize best practices and generating the funding necessary to support programs that will help destigmatize mental illness. We are able to help colleges and universities save lives, eliminate stigma, and scale mental wellness programs for student-athletes by providing the practical tools for the schools with student-athletes to implement the change necessary to bring parity to mental health in line with all other illnesses and injuries these student-athletes face.

H3H envisions a world where mental health is supported in parity with physical health and equally prioritized by universities as connected to athletic performance.

The hours of practice, the travel schedules, the stress of competing against some of the world's best athletes, and the everyday pressures of being a college student – the physical and psychological demands are intense for the young men and women who represent Oregon State Athletics in such a visible atmosphere.

The experiences of Oregon State standout gymnast Taylor Ricci and men's soccer member Nathan Braaten have led them to spearhead conversation around those demands through a mental health awareness initiative -- #DamWorthIt.