mid-60s, dark to start, wet on the field
- Seal Claps (IC)
- OH Claps (IC)
- SSH (IC)
- Daisy Pickers (IC)
- Imperial Walkers (IC)
- Windmills (IC)
Ran over to Barrie Park to get some fieldwork in – split off into groups of four and then paired up. The first pair ran down the field and then skipped, karaoked, butt kicked, etc. on the way back. Meanwhile, the other pair did an exercise (e.g., monkey humpers, merkins, heel flicks, etc.). Exercises and methods of getting back were on a predefined list, which admittedly was hard to read in the dark. Did a fair amount of running in total but got quite a bit of other stuff mixed in. Moseyed back for count off and COT.
September is Suicide Prevention Month – one of the roadblocks to suicide prevention is the stigma associated with it that prohibits people from talking about it or seeking the help they need. Normalizing safe conversations around suicide helps break down that stigma.
My mom died by suicide when I was 10, and when it happened, it wasn’t talked about and there was a culture of silence surrounding it. In retrospect, I don’t think my mom got the care or compassion she needed, in part because people didn’t want to address it, and also because she didn’t feel comfortable seeking help (or know how to get it). Middle-aged men are the largest demographic of people that die by suicide – men account for 80% of all suicide deaths.
If you are struggling with any mental health issues (whatever they may be), know there are people who care and resources to help you. Asking for help is a sign of strength – not weakness. If you know of someone who is going through a tough time, I would encourage you to push past the superficial “how are you?” “I’m ok”-type conversations men normally have and push deeper. Show that you are a safe space for conversation with your friends and family, regardless of what the issue might be. That really matters to those who struggle.