Hilinski’s Hope brings you Unit3d - a podcast where sport psychologists and mental health professionals team up to hold conversations for student athletes on mental health. Many of us share common concerns, these discussions are a reminder that we are not alone, but unit3d in this world together. Welcome to the Hilinski’s hope, mind, spirit, and performance playbook. If you have any questions or topics you would like for us to discuss, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Unit3d is hosted by Dr. Josie Nicholson, licensed psychologist and sport psychologist for the Ole Miss Rebels.
Mental Health Action Day: May 20th
Mental health has really taken more of a front row in conversations over the past year or so. It has been encouraging and exciting to hear discussions around the importance of taking care of our mental health from professional athletes, celebrities, students, and others around the world. Conversations are important, but not enough. The MTV Social Impact Team (Yes, that’s Music Television) has partnered with over 600 organizations to put together a call to action. Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation is one of these organizations. Vaughan Bagley, Senior Manager, Social Impact – MTV Entertainment Studios and Maya Enista Smith, Executive Director of the Born This Way Foundation join Unit3d to talk about the importance of doing something to take care of your mental health, and to give more details for the Mental Health Action Day taking place May 20th.
All These Little Ts
Many have the hope that we are beginning the process of returning to life post-Covid. It is important as we begin this process to take an account of how the difficulties of this past year and a half has impacted us, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Dr. Kelsey Dawson discusses this within the framework of trauma: how the Covid crisis has effected us and how to heal.
Brain Gym: Do You Even Lift?
One of the aspirations of those working in mental health is that we can have conversations around mental health and illness as comfortably as we have conversations around physical health and illness. The idea of mental fitness is one that can mirror physical fitness in talking about how one approaches taking care of their mental health. Dr. Alex Auerbach discusses the concept of mental fitness and how this can help athletes understand the importance of maintaining and even improving mental health.
Working to Engage Athletes: Taylor Wells Maberry
The past year and a half has posed many challenges, but it has also brought about a lot of conversation around mental health, the importance of getting support and supporting others, and being able to practice self-care. Taylor Wells Maberry is in a job that has demanded creativity during this time in this area as she is the Senior Coordinator for Player Engagement for Major League Soccer. Her passion for helping others be the best version of themselves is a perfect fit for this position. In this episode we talk about many things including how to engage and support athletes in areas of mental health, working as a woman in a men’s league office, and how social media comments can be damaging to an athlete’s mental health.
Same Here: Eric Kussin
Eric Kussin was the top of his game as a 20-year pro sports executive in team and league sales until a few years ago when he experienced a debilitating mental health crisis that turned his life upside down. Now he works to help people realize that they are not alone when they experience mental health struggles through his organization, We’re All A Little “Crazy” which works to change how we as a society think about mental health. In this episode of Unit3d, Eric shares his story and mission, explaining a variety of ways in which his organization is changing the narrative.
Social Media: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Social media is a great way to connect to others, be entertained and share information we want others to know. It is a powerful tool with a global reach. It’s important to consider ways in which social media can have a negative influence in our lives. Dr. Bhrett McCabe talks about many aspects of social media: the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Great resource for the student-athletes I work with. Very cool to hear from the experts in the field as well as the student-athletes. Highly recommend!!
I’ve found this podcast isn’t just for athletes. I have been able to use many of the discussions to improve my daily life. Many episodes have gone to the root of many personal issues for me and it’s good to know that I’m not alone in my fears and insecurities. I feel like this is very important work and my hope is others feel the same.
This is a must listen for athletes, parents and coaches. Anyone interested in mental health, sports psych or improving performance would benefit greatly from subscribing to this podcast. Every episode continues to impress!