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Moderated by Dr. Altha Stewart, Former APA President and WNBA Medical Director
Meet music songwriting legend Ashley Gorley and hear about the performance pressure connection between music and sports.
Are you ready to uncover the real stories and struggles behind success in the highest levels of sport and entertainment? Join us in Nashville for a groundbreaking event designed for young adults who are passionate about their craft and mental well-being.
Where We Play: Nashville is more than an event—it's a turning point. It's the first step towards creating a culture that values mental wellness for professional, collegiate, and young athletes and artists. Although many assume that athletes and performers do not struggle with their mental health, the opposite is often true. In fact, many 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.
By convening professional athletes, like World Series MVP Ben Zobrist, and world-class entertainers like The Voice contestant, Blessing Offor, and award-winning country music writer Ashley Gorley, to share genuine and open experiences we are breaking down barriers and opening up a vulnerable conversation about the support, and resources these communities need access to.
Expect real talk about the challenges we face—burnout, managing high expectations, the pressures of social media, and navigating life after an injury. This safe space isn't just about talking; it's about learning from high-performing individuals who've been where you are. Athletes, entertainers, thought-leaders, and medical professionals will all reveal their paths, their struggles, and their triumphs. Get ready to see the human side of mental health, even among the highest achievers.
This event is tailored for college athletes, performing artists, coaches, counselors, performance directors, and anyone passionate about prioritizing mental wellness within these communities. Whether you're seeking personal growth, professional insights, or tools to support others, this event welcomes all who wish to contribute to a culture of mental health awareness and support.
Each university has a counseling center that offers free or low-cost counseling services. Contact your counseling center to learn more and get connected to care.
Please contact [email protected] with any questions.