#DamWorthIt

The experiences of former gymnast Taylor Ricci and current men's soccer student-athlete Nathan Braaten have led them to create conversations around mental health awareness. By student-athletes, for student-athletes: You are #DamWorthIt. http://osubeavers.com/news/2018/1/17/womens-gymnastics-damworthit-mental-health-awareness-campaign-launches.aspx?path=msoc

Posted by Go Beavs on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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.


Mission

Utilize the influential platform of sport to open up the conversation around mental health in the college environment and work to end the stigma. Making every team, every sport, and every student know that they are Dam Worth It.

Vision

Every Oregon State Athletic team has a “#DamWorthIt” game or competition dedicated towards mental health awareness on our campus and across the NCAA. Along with this, the Dam Worth It campaign will work to bring speakers, workshops, education, and mental health resources to campuses.

Pillars

These three pillars represent what the Dam Worth It campaign is built upon. They will serve as the methods by which Dam Worth It will end the stigma of mental health in the college environment: education, resources, awareness & comfort.

TAYLOR'S STORY

Hear from former gymnast Taylor Ricci on her personal fight, and what inspired her to start the campaign.

Posted by Go Beavs on Friday, February 16, 2018

NATHAN'S STORY

It was the worst thing Nathan Braaten has ever been through. He's turned it into help for hundreds of fellow student-athletes. Hear from the program's co-founder.

Posted by Go Beavs on Thursday, May 3, 2018

Join the Movement


Join us in telling why you are #DamWorthIt. Saturday, October 6 at the Oregon State vs. Washington State football game thousands of members of Beaver Nation will say so in their own words. Download and print the PDF below, fill it out and bring it to the game, or fill out one of the sheets that will be available in Reser Stadium.

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Resources


National Suicide
Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Oregon State Counseling & Psychology Services
541-737-2131

We provide individual, couples, and group counseling for OSU students, as well as outreach and education to OSU and the surrounding communities. Studies show that a community culture of positive mental health bolsters academic success and personal development.

Beavers on the Mend
Tuesdays at 4 p.m. / Plageman 311

Gather with other student athletes who have sustained injuries to give and receive support during the recovery process in an interactive group setting, learning new skills to effectively cope. This is a drop-in group open to current or former student athletes only. Questions? Contact Fernando.Frias@oregonstate.edu at CAPS or Fred.Tedeschi@oregonstate.edu at Athletics.

Schedule

Upcoming Oregon State Athletics events that will specifically recognize the Dam Worth It program, and serve as chances to raise awareness and support.


Sep

28

MSOC vs. UW
Recap

Sep

30

VB vs. Arizona
Recap

Oct

6

FB vs. WSU
Recap

Oct

27

SWIM vs. Arizona
Details

Jan

6

WBB vs. UW
Tickets

 

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