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Mental Health Awareness

For a while (and probably still a little bit), I was the one of those, “You think you have it hard, you should have seen what I had to go through” guys. No, I didn’t walk uphill both ways to school in the snow but I think at some point every young person thinks they have it tough and they’re right. My challenges were different than my parents and their parents and my kids are facing difficulties that are different than mine. All too often we compare our struggles hoping to one-up each other to who has it worse.

Having been immersed in a different age group of athletes, I can clearly see the pressure they face from parents, the social environment, and the sport itself. This generation has access to so much information which makes me think they are smarter but behind in the ability to cope with all of that responsibility because a lot of important relationships/interactions that can teach us a lot have been replaced by superficial ones.

Sure, I want my children to be resilient but I can’t just have that expectation or tell them to be tougher. They need to be taught and that takes time and energy and with the hustle and bustle of life, we often put it on the back burner until it starts to boil over.

I am concerned for the mental health of our youth. This November, I am raising funds for the Jed Foundation (and growing my mustache) so that teens and young adults can hear about and have access to the resources they need to thrive in this environment. If you would like to join me in this journey, grow your stache with me because it is a great conversation starter that can lead to talking about mental health. Check in with someone, especially if something seems a little “off”. If you feel moved to help me raise funds I have Rasay Performance Coaching shirts for sale or a donation will enter you into a raffle for a tumbler. All of the proceeds will go to the Jed Foundation.

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Much Love!

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