[Louisville, KY]: The Timeout App, Retreat CandleCo, The Hidden Opponent and The Dinner Party today announce their collaboration with Unite Our Light (UOL) in a virtual event in order to create conversations around mental health awareness and suicide prevention for athletes. This free event will take place Sunday, March 27th at 8:00 pm EST.
During the event, discussions surrounding mental health challenges that the athlete community face will be the main discussion, featuring 3 roundtable discussions with an amazing group of athletes, health care providers & educators and coaches. The event will be wrapped up with a community candle light experience. During the event, expo booths from each partner will be available, alongside a resources booth designed and curated by Resilience Rally. Raffle prize winners will be announced during the event. The raffle will include a chance to win swag bags from the UOL team, participation in an exclusive Q&A conversation with surprise athletes, and a 1on1 call with Victoria Garrick. Only candle purchasers and event attendees will be eligible for raffle prizes.
“In light of the recent loss of Stanford soccer player Katie Meyer, conversations surrounding athlete mental health and suicide prevention are proving to be more and more important every day,” says Mikaela Brewer, Founder of Unite Our Light. “We are honored to have the support of so many amazing organizations as we bring together the athlete community to have extremely important conversations.”
Now, and during the UOL event, candles with athlete-produced artwork as the labels will be available for purchase, designed by Trevor Stanback and Billy Rogers. Net profit made from these items will be donated to The Hidden Opponent and The Dinner Party. With the momentum of over 2,000 dollars in sales already, Unite Our Light has a goal to raise 10,000 dollars total for these organizations.
“Unite Our Light has such a special mission,” says Maya McClendon, CEO and Founder of Timeout App, “We are so honored to partner with all of these organizations that share a similar passion for athletes and are bringing awareness to such a powerful cause.”
This event is open to all current and former athletes, anyone who works in athletics, or anyone who has a general passion and interest in this subject.
Here’s how you can join us:
- Read more about the story behind the project here.
- Share with your athletic community! All are invited and welcome.
- Register for our event on March 27, 2022, and purchase a candle for event exclusives.
- All net proceeds of candle sales go to The Hidden Opponent & The Dinner Party.
- Help create Unite Our Light content!
- Check out our Unite Our Light Instagram Highlights.
- Create & post a Pass the Light video.
- Submit a suicide prevention statement & who you’re lighting your candle for — live results will be displayed during the event.
About Unite Our Light:
Unite Our Light’s mission is to highlight the diversity of mental health experiences of athletes. They believe we can’t fully be together in this without recognizing and sitting with the expansive details of individual stories. They envision creating a space for all members of the athlete community to feel (and via their candle, physically hold) grief, loss, struggle, and light. UOL is raising money and building awareness for athlete mental health. Each candle is custom-scented with athlete-produced artwork as the label. All net proceeds from candle sales will be donated.
About Timeout App:
Founded in 2020, Timeout is tackling the athlete mental health crisis head-on with a mental health app and provider platform. They are committed to redefining athlete mental wellness and breaking its stigma. The core technology creates personalized, adaptive mental health programming to improve athlete well-being, help-seeking and engagement with CBT-inspired resources. Timeout is designed to integrate with all Mental Healthcare models and can be customized for your sports organization.
About Retreat CandleCo:
RCC’s mission is simple. To inspire you to live the life you have always wanted to live. In doing so, we are creating a tribe of happier and purpose-driven people, that will grow, give back, inspire others, and slowly but surely, start to make the world a better place.
About The Dinner Party:
Transforming some of our hardest conversations and most isolating experiences into sources of community support, candid conversation, and forward movement. Using the age-old practices of gathering and breaking bread, the Dinner Party’s mission is to help communities gather around the table for dialogue.
About The Hidden Opponent:
The Hidden Opponent first began in 2019 as a story-sharing platform for athletes to shed light on mental health. Two years later, we are grateful to have created an amazing community and to be able to partner with these amazing peer organizations to unite our light and efforts to end the stigma around mental health in athletics.
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