Tyler Lewin: Male Athletes Aren’t Immune

My name is Tyler Lewin, I’m 20 years old, and I’m currently a junior, starting goalkeeper on the men’s soccer team at Ursinus College. Athletes aren’t immune, we aren’t superhuman, we aren’t invincible, we’re people too. Unfortunately, it’s even harder for males, due to the stigma that we “can’t” have mental health issues.  From such…

Mary Murray: COVID-19 Cancellations, The Day That Still Haunts Me

The Hidden Opponent intern Mary Murray shares the heartbreak of having her senior season cancelled due to COVID-19. After slipping into a bout of mental health struggles, Mary has found ways to accept her new life after sport as she pursues coaching, her master’s degree, and interning with our organization. Let me take you through…

Panel Event Notice: Disordered Eating & Nutrition for Athletes

Join The Hidden Opponent for an evening of discussion and Q&A on all things related to nutrition, eating disorders, and body image. We will be hearing from two of our Head Campus Captains, Alix Krawcke and Eva Merrell, as well as Sarah Archer and Rebecca DeHamer from UCSD’s renowned Eating Disorder Treatment & Research Center….

Ryan Weiss: Arizona Diamondbacks Draftee on Men’s Mental Health

This November, The Hidden Opponent is partnering with Our Minds Matter to celebrate “Movember” and change the face of men’s health. Join us for a month of celebrating male athletes, coaches, sports fans, advocates, and more. Our first feature comes from Ryan Weiss, a fourth round draft pick for the Arizona Diamondbacks. You can hear…

Kace Boland: Redshirting for My Mental Health Recovery

The day I committed to play volleyball at Georgetown was undoubtedly the single greatest day of my life. In an instant, three grueling years of early mornings and late nights had become worthwhile. I was well acquainted with the grind. I began playing for the first time at an age when many Division I recruits…

Breezy Johnson: Team USA Skier Makes Two Injury Comebacks

Even if it ain’t broke, still work to fix it. I think the biggest reason that athletes wait too long to seek mental help is that we, and the people around us, feel that our mental game has gotten us to where we are. ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ attitude turns into ‘If…

SonderMind x The Hidden Opponent Partner Page

The Hidden Opponent is proud to partner with SonderMind –a healthcare company that hopes to help you on your journey towards better mental health. Visit our partner page at hiddenopponent.withsondermind.com and scroll down below to learn more about this amazing, FREE matchmaking service that works with your insurance company! It’s like a dating site, but…

Patrick Maneval: My Racing Mind

Mental illness is the global pandemic that nobody wants to talk about. Regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or any other demographics, we are all susceptible to suffering from a mental health disorder at some point in our lives. Even though millions of people have a mental illness, we still stigmatize those who suffer….

Dylan Wolfe: You Are Not Weak, You Are Human

Dylan Wolfe played D1 soccer at American University until suffering a series of career-ending knee injuries. After retiring from sport, Dylan invested her time and energy into The Grassroot Project, a non-profit based in Washington, DC that seeks to advance health equity for youth through sports with the help of NCAA student-athlete volunteers. After graduating…

Norene Iosia: Athletes, Let’s Talk

Norene Iosia first posted the following text on her instagram blog @athletes.realtalk If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction or thoughts of suicide, please reach out for professional help. A list of resources can be found at this link. It was the summer going into my senior year. 2019. I was a…