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    Mental Health Where We Play

    Addressing mental health outcomes from the youth soccer field to Lincoln Center.


    The APA Foundation launched the Where We Play Initiative due to the exponential need for mental health awareness around the pressure associated with performing at the highest level.

    Although many assume that athletes and performers do not struggle with their mental health, the opposite is often true. High school, collegiate, and professional athletes and entertainers can experience burnout, stress related to coping with high expectations or coming back after an injury, negative relationships with social media, substance use, and difficulty prioritizing mental well-being.


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    More than one out of every three elite athletes experience mental health challenges and are at a higher risk of developing life-threatening conditions.


    We work with elite athletes and entertainers, partner organizations, and more to erase stigma on the field and on the stage; educate coaches, program directors, budding athletes and artists, and other industry leaders on the scope of the issue; and elevate accessible pathways to healthy play and appropriate care.

    The Where We Play Initiative convenes expert speakers to host authentic conversations and Q&As to shine a light on performance pressure and let collegiate and high school athletes and artists know it is okay to not be okay. Help is available, and it Works.

    Ben Zobrist
    “Pressure mounts with unhealthy patterns of emotional, mental, relational stress until it reaches a breaking point and not only affects the hero on the big stage, but also the human in private.”

    Ben Zobrist, 2x MLB World Series Champion, World Series MVP, and APA Foundation Board Member