Timeout Company Newsletter
Written by: Mikaela Brewer | COO
Research | Community | Technology | Content
Welcome back to The Huddle!
“Nice words with no action hurt when they are uttered by those with power.” — Mumilaaq Qaqqaq
As the world feels like it is crumbling around us, we must do our best to see action as the greatest form of love, fight, and justice for one another’s lives.
Updates from the Timeout Team & Community
As we move into beta testing the Timeout digital platform, we’re looking for a CTO who is fluent in React Native to help guide us. Please contact email@example.com if you’re interested!
If you’re interested in beta testing with us, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Content & Partnerships
We are looking for student-athletes to test and workshop the first iterations of our content projects! Please email email@example.com if you are interested in participating!
We are actively looking for animators & illustrators. If you are interested or know someone who is, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Our Ambassador Program is underway! If you’ve been searching for a community to connect with or a way to share your story, the Timeout Community is a space for any athlete who wants to discuss mental health and their personal experiences. The main discussion platform will be Discord, alongside invitations to workshops and events that we host, interactions with blog posts, and participation in Timeout’s ongoing mental health research.
If you’d like to join our community, please email either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org!
The Timeout Team in the News
Within collegiate athletics departments and beyond, the Pac-12 Sustainability Conference is elevating its approach to sustainability practices and action. Through sharing best practices and designing new holistic initiatives, they are impacting and transforming social and environmental progress in college sports.
As the largest and most influential gathering centered around sustainability in sports, The annual Green Sports Alliance Summit brought together fresh best practices and innovations from hundreds of industry stakeholders.
Timeout had the privilege of participating in and presenting at both conferences alongside some incredible people. Our presentation included a deep dive into the beta testing case study we conducted with our Program Evaluations. Here are the highlights:
During our presentation, we did a quick poll. Join the activity here:
- Viewing your institution as an ecosystem, what letter grade would you give its mental health care model, factoring in: autonomy, stigma, trust, efficiency, safety, the management of stakeholder expectations, sport counselor roles, social environments, athletics healthcare administrators, collaborative and integrative care, interdisciplinary team planning, and the availability, familiarity, and understanding of student-athlete-specific mental health resources and education for all stakeholders?
- Participation link — submit your answer!
- View results link — see what others are saying!
Community Mental Health Timeout
Within each newsletter, we’d like to build in an opportunity to pause, be vulnerable, and take a community mental health timeout. Here are a few resources to breathe and connect with this month.
The 988 Launch
Click the links below to read more:
- What to Know About 988, the New Mental Health Crisis Hotline
- The Lifeline and 988
- FACT SHEET: 988 AND SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE
- 988 becomes the new 3-digit suicide prevention hotline on July 16: What to know
- 988: Reimagining Crisis Response
Though this is a huge step forward, 988 is not without its limitations. As NAMI reports, crisis response should include 24/7:
- Crisis Call Centers — “Someone to talk to”
- Mobile Crisis Teams — “Someone to respond”
- Crisis Stabilization Programs — “Somewhere to go”
As the number of calls, texts, and chats through 988 are expected to rise from 3.3 million (2020) to 7.6 million, there is a concern about country-wide resources and funding. Though there was a $432 million investment in the transition to 988, much of this funding has gone directly to states or been used to expand and strengthen infrastructure. With reliance on one-time funding for the crisis line, many states don’t have the financing for steps 2 and 3 above, which would allow them to create a more holistic crisis response system.
As we explore ways to connect the Timeout Community to the resources they need, we’ve partnered with researchers at the University of Louisville and Spalding University as they build programs to divert 911 callers in crisis to mental health professionals, rather than police. We’re hoping to create a wraparound system that includes all three steps above — someone to talk to, someone to respond, and somewhere to go.
Click here to browse non-police response alternatives by state.
BetterHelp Affordable Therapy Program in Partnership with Resilience Rally
Our friends over at Resilience Rally are providing free and low-cost therapy for all community members! You can sign up to become a Resilience Rally member here and read more about their incredible therapy program and resources here.
Supporting Abortion Rights & Access
What Happened & How are Female Athletes Affected?
- Athletes, Players Unions and Leagues Criticize Abortion Ruling
- After ‘Devastating’ Supreme Court Decision Overturning Roe v. Wade, Women Athletes Worry About Their Future
Find & Give Support
- Hey Jane
- Seven Things You Can Do Right Now For Abortion Rights
- Your Personalized “It’s Not Over” Checklist, Aka How You Can Join the Fight Right Now
- How to support abortion access in a post-Roe America
Supporting the LGBTQIA2S+ Community Beyond Pride
- 3 Ways to Support the LGBTQ+ Community Beyond Pride Month — Business leaders explain why putting a rainbow up every June is far from allyship.
- Ways to support the LGBTQ+ community beyond Pride Month
- LGBTQ+ Athletics & Education Teen Toolkit
- Pride & Sport: Anastasia Bucsis opens up about the importance of mental health
- I’m Out by Jason Collins
- These LGBTQ Athletes are Fighting For Equality Both On and Off the Field
- 23 professional athletes who identify as LGBTQ
Thank you so much for being here. We appreciate your time and dedication to saving athletes’ lives. If you’d like to follow up with us about any input, thoughts, insight, questions or concerns, please reach out to email@example.com.
We’ll be in touch soon!
The Timeout Team