Although Noah Lyles is not the only athlete who faces health issues, he is one of the most famous because of his attitude towards seeking help and support and encouraging other young athletes to do the same.
Lyles, a member of Team USA at the World Athletics Championships and a 2020 Olympic bronze medalist in the 200m, met with Gov. solutions to the problem of mental illness.
“If someone is brave enough to speak up, they probably don’t belong,” Lyles told the group.
Lyles said he never thought about having this type of discussion with the public. When she first spoke about her mental health on social media, her hope was to reach one person.
“I always asked myself, ‘Why am I so angry?’ ” said Lyles. “That was a sign. ‘Okay. I need to talk to someone.’ “
Lyles’ mother, Keisha Caine, who was also an Olympic athlete, was the one who encouraged Lyles to stay healthy. Looking for his name outside the competition, he sought help. Lyles said she realized her children needed therapy and other mental health services and joined them at an early age.
UO College of Education Dean Laura Lee McIntyre said efforts to provide mental health services fall across the community.
“Not everyone is lucky enough to have an active and dedicated parent who has the time to do that. Not everyone has your mother,” McIntyre said to Lyles.
“When we think about what we can do in our communities, we need to improve the role we play.”
There’s also a need to push the next generation into mental health, he said, because there aren’t enough jobs right now.
The team agreed that more work is needed, which can be supported by additional funding.
Emhoff also said that mockery is a good place to start.
“Most of the time it’s ‘No one saw me. No one heard me. I heard myself,'” Emhoff said. “If we can demystify it and fix it and make it part of our daily conversation … we can save lives.”
Brown praised Lyles for speaking out about her journey with mental illness and hopes others will be equally brave.
“I think it’s amazing that we’re having this conversation today at the University of Oregon with the World Athletics Championships happening right outside the window,” Brown said. “I think it’s so important for brave athletes like Noah to speak out. I think it’s so important for brave black men like Noah to speak out, because this is what’s going to change our country.”
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The UO launched the Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health in March, which focuses on children’s behavioral health. He is supported by $425 million with the “Ballmer Gift.”
Brown thanked the UO for his research on behavioral health and the Ballmer Institute. The organization seeks to research and develop services in the K-12 environment.
Globally, Mr. Brown added a new suicide trail of 988 with complications that will begin on Saturday. The hotline offers 24-hour services.
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“Oregon has been struggling when it comes to addressing health issues for the past several years,” Brown said. and to ensure that our students have access to the services they need to succeed. “
He and other officials thanked the Biden-Harris administration for its commitment to developing psychological resources.
The administration has invested nearly $4 billion in American Rescue Plan funds to increase access to drug and substance abuse treatment. President Biden’s 2023 budget also provides $27 billion in private equity funds and $100 billion in authorized funds over 10 years to reform health care systems.
“Ethics is an issue that affects all of us,” Brown said. “We all have family members who have suffered. What I appreciate about Oregon is that this is an issue where we can bridge the political divide, and that we all agree (on this).”
Miranda Cyr reports on the study for The Register-Guard. You can contact him at email@example.com or find him on Twitter @mirandabcyr.