Vision: A group committed to spreading awareness of mental health and trauma in the ultimate community.
Disclaimer: The contributors to Time for the Ultimate Talk are not licensed to provide mental health care. If you or someone you care about it is in a life-threatening situation, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 for free. There are people who have been trained to provide confidential support by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.
Mission: We have teamed up to host courageous conversations about mental health and trauma. We believe sharing information, resources, and hope can create a supportive and understanding environment where each ultimate player can live their best life and play their best game.
Our group's work begins here. We'll use this site as the one-stop-shop for key information about what we're organizing. Thank you for talking, sharing, and growing with us.
For information on free mental health resources in English, Español, and for those who are deaf and hard of hearing, see the "Free Resources..." section at bottom of the website (link in table of contents to right). This section includes information where you connect by phone, chat, or text for free to trained individuals at any time.
These resources includes information around suicide and self harm, as well as resources for sexual assault, substance abuse, and resources for LGBTQ+ youth.
I'm interested, where can I learn more?
College Teach-Ins: Our current offering is focused on increasing mental health and trauma awareness on college teams.
What's next for TFTUT? The facilitators have reflected on the first round of sessions, and we’re grateful for the feedback. We're planning more efforts focused on three themes:
1. Team support: We heard feedback that there are specific teams that are interested in having conversations. We'll be exploring how the work from the facilitators and others can support teams & programs looking to learn and grow.
2. Awareness, engagement, & learning: We have planned to continue teach-ins on a variety of topics, many picked up from the feedback participants provided. We also hope to invite in more contributors to share their experiences. This could take a variety of formats (writing, video, social media), building & sharing resources, and supporting awareness activities around mental health.
3. Community spaces: The facilitators have benefitted from a space to share our stories and support each other. We're looking into ways that we can broaden that space to include more people and help people connect who would like support.
Donations: We donated a portion of funds received during our initial sessions to Athletes Against Anxiety and Depression Foundation.
VC Store: We've partnered with VC Ultimate (who provided the design for our logo), and they have opened a store with TFTUT logo. 15% of commission will be going to Athletes Against Anxiety and Depression. Visit the store here.
Social Media: Twitter & Instagram @Time4UltiTalk
Questions? timefortheultimatetalk @ gmail [dot] com
Why is it Time for the Ultimate Talk?
This group was created by Ari Nelson (author of "You Think You Know Me but You Don't") to continue the conversation about mental health and trauma in the ultimate community. For us, it is our personal histories. For some, it may be a loved one. For others, even if these issues aren't close to home, it is likely you know someone with a history of mental health or trauma who hasn't talked about it.
Since these issues impact all of us, we are moving forward two beliefs and a hope to organize our work:
Belief 1: Each individual has the right to disclose or refrain from disclosing their medical history and experience with trauma.
Belief 2: You likely know someone who has mental health issues and/or has experienced trauma.
A Hope: We all come to ultimate hoping to care for our teammates, our competitors, and others we meet through the sport and beyond.
What do we hope for?
Based on these beliefs and a hope, Ari called together others from the ultimate community to take action (for more about the contributors, see bios below). Through these guided conversations, Time for the Ultimate Talk will begin with three sessions that include the following goals:
Provide those who want to support others with a basic understanding of trauma and ideas on how to respond to someone who shares distress
Discuss the social norms around accountability
Ideas for how to prepare yourself with knowledge and how teams can prepare when issues arise
Empower those who have felt silenced by biases, stigma, or just a lack of awareness to speak up
We know that this is not the beginning. We know it is not the end. We hope that those who want to have been making change and those who are learning how will join us.
Who is part of Time for the Talk Ultimate?
The organizers would like to note our limitations in speaking to mental health issues and trauma experienced by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, as well as other communities that have been harmed by institutional racism, sexism, and oppression. We believe Black Lives Matter. As we go forward, we are committed to amplifying leaders and voices from the BIPOC community.
Each person has contributed as an individual, and their views do not represent any organizations they are affiliated with.
Willie currently lives in Chicago, IL, and she can be reached on twitter (@e_willingham) or Facebook (Emilie Willingham).
Free Support Resources Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year
Disclaimer: The contributors to Time for the Ultimate Talk are not licensed to provide mental health care. If you or someone you care about it is in a life-threatening situation, please reference one of the national resources below to seek help.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides support to those who are thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support.
Phone (English) 1-800-273-8255
Phone (Español) 1-888-628-9454
Phone (Deaf or Hard of hearing): 1-800-799-4889
Phone (Veteran crisis line): 1-800-273-8255 or text 838255
Phone (Disaster crisis line for people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters): 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
Online: Chat (English)
Online: Chat for veterans
National Sexual Assault Hotline will connect you with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.
Phone (English/ Español options available): 1-800-656-4673/HOPE
Online: Chat (English)
Online: Chat (Español)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Hotline is treatment referral and information service for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
Phone (English/ Español options available): 1-800-662-4357/HELP)
The Trevor Project is a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
Phone the TrevorLifeline (English): 1-866-488-7386
Online: TrevorChat (English)
Text START to 678-678 to connect with support (standard texting rates apply)