Together We Are Stronger
We all come from different walks of life, with our own experiences and beliefs driving our passions to train in different sports and disciplines. We are different shapes and sizes, and we have different goals when we step into the gym.
Unfortunately, one experience we increasingly have in common is having been affected by a friend or loved one’s depression or even suicide.
In the United States, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, taking the lives of nearly 50,000 people in 2017 alone.
Each year suicide claims more lives than motor vehicle accidents, liver disease, and more than twice as many lives as all homicides in the USA.
Annually 1.3 million people attempt to take their own lives, making it almost difficult to not know someone who has been affected by suicide and depression. Even if we have not been afflicted personally, it is easy to understand the challenges of coping with depression and the pain that suicide can bring to loved ones left behind. Some of us may even use our training as a method of coping with the pain brought on by these experiences.
While suicide and depression can strike at any age it is especially difficult for young children and teenagers who who may not understand the causes of the emotions brought on by conditions such as depression or anxiety.
Because of this Ikarus Athletics created our 3:2:1 Program to support both the physical and emotional development of youth athletes and the mental health of people all across the country. In our 3:2:1 Program we donate 3% of our time, 2% of our products, and 1% of our profits. The 3% of our time gets donated by our staff working with local youth athletes, the 2% of our product gets donated to youth athletes all across the country, and the 1% of our profits gets donated directly to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to support people of all ages battling depression and suicide.
As important as your physical health is, your mental health is just as, if not more important. Remember that even the strongest among us may be dealing with a pain that none of us know about.
So, don’t be afraid to reach out to those around you if you need help or to reach out to those that you think may need help, because together we are always stronger.
-In Loving Memory of Those We’ve Lost.