Head coach Ryan Day and wife Nina made a $1 million donation to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine on Wednesday to establish the Nina and Ryan Day Resilience Fund. happiness.
Alongside University President Christina M. Johnson of Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital and others, Ryan Day is recognizing the mental health resources available to young adults and adolescents in Ohio and the Columbus area and helping them I wanted you to know you are not alone. The fund will be housed in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. news release.
“What’s different here is that we’re the people we work with every day. These are college students. These are adults,” Day said. “For sure, college years when Nina and I started talking about it were tough years for a lot of people. , it is also necessary to identify what those risk factors are. [that] to stand in front of it. ”
Dr. K. Luan Huang, professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, said the fund would act as a “catalyst” for the discussion on mental health and provide resources for those seeking help.
“Resilience, as Director Day put it, is the ability to bounce back, not just to bounce back, but to learn, adapt, thrive and do better than before,” Huang said. “As Coach Day knows very well, we can’t always be on the defensive.
Phan wants to create a way for individuals to support each other through the stressors of everyday life.
“Like we fight cancer, we need to fight heart disease, we need to fight mental illness just like we fight other physical ailments,” Huang said. For the department and Harding Hospital, mental illness and physical illness are one and the same, and I think we need that kind of conversation going forward.”
Mental health is a topic close to Ryan Day. His father died by suicide in 1988 when Ryan Day was just eight years old.
Through discussions with his wife, family, and those close to him, the Day family has taken the initiative to help others struggling with mental health.
“The most difficult time in my life was in college. I didn’t have the resources and struggled personally,” Nina Day said. , determined how important it was for them to grow up in a different world, where they felt they had the resources and the power to seek help if they experienced any form of anxiety or depression.”
Both Ryan and Nina Day have spoken publicly about the importance of staying healthy overall, including the former giving a keynote on breaking down mental health stigma. in April.
Creation of The Nina and Ryan Day Resilience Fund to help Day families be at the forefront of the mental health debate by creating The Ryan and Christina Day Fund for Pediatric and Adolescent Mental Wellness at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Because of their commitment to show their continued philanthropy. 2019.
Ryan Day said that while many areas of life may seem to have returned to “normal” for some after the COVID-19 pandemic, others are feeling the effects emotionally. I’m here.
“For many teens, college students and young people, COVID was normal. It was a big part of their lives,” Day said. “I think they’re aware of that and aware of how they’re going. They’ve really been separated from a lot of people, so they’ve isolated themselves and then gone back to working with people and The biggest thing is to really talk about it.”
Marchformer offensive lineman Harry Miller retired from football due to mental health issues.
Both Ryan and Nina Day say investing in mental health resources is a “tremendous privilege,” especially in Ohio and Columbus communities.
Johnson sees the fund as a demonstration of leadership, saying it’s “powerful” to provide help and support across the campus community.
“This isn’t just a job. It’s a mission. It’s a vocation,” Johnson said. “I think we’re looking across all staff and our faculty to step up where possible.”
Building resilience is a focus of the fight against mental health, says Ryan Day. When someone isn’t feeling well, he wants them to feel safe looking for someone they trust or a teammate, just as they would on the football field.
“It’s hard at the moment, but it’s hard to realize that if you break your leg, you have a solution: get a cast and fix it,” said Ryan Day. It doesn’t look like it, but yes, there are solutions, there are treatments, there are different measures that we can take to treat those kinds of things. There is, so I think that approach is promising and not a place where there seems to be no answer.”