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Positive Coaching Alliance Announces New Partnership with The Jed Foundation to Support Athlete’s Mental Health

05.09.2022

Oakland, CA (May 9th, 2022) - Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is proud to announce their newest Trusted Resource - The Jed Foundation (JED), a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. As leaders in the educational space, PCA seeks to help educate and equip the youth sports community with the tools necessary to help youth live full lives and be their best selves through sports–this includes their mental and emotional well-being. 

“We are extremely excited to work with JED to provide more resources for coaches, athletes, and parents to help raise awareness of the signs of mental health struggles, and offer tangible ways they can support one another. Many aren’t sure what to do, where to go, or what to say when a teammate or player is struggling, and The Jed Foundation is an excellent resource to help you manage your emotional health, cope with challenges, and better support your people.” -Jason Sacks, PCA’s Chief Advancement & Strategy Officer

“The Jed Foundation (JED) is grateful for Positive Coaching Alliance’s partnership in supporting the mental health and well-being of young athletes,” said JED CEO John MacPhee. “It’s vital that a wide variety of resources are made available to youth so that they receive the support they need to thrive”

PCA and JED will collaborate on resources, roundtable webinars, and trainings focused on improving emotional health and providing support to help coaches, athletes, and leaders not only develop a further understanding of mental health, but also cope with challenges and offer evidence-based support. Mental health is rightfully advancing to the forefront of sports at all levels, and PCA is proud to be partnering with JED to make emotional well-being a critical component of supporting and training athletes.

As part of this partnership, we will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, May 26th from 12-1pm PT | 3-4pm ET that will feature Suzanne Button, Senior Clinical Director, Knowledge & Advising at The Jed Foundation (JED), Drew Robinson, former San Francisco Giants player, and Shana Alexander, San Francisco Giants Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Director and clinical psychologist. Click here to register.

“The Jed Foundation (JED) is grateful for Positive Coaching Alliance’s partnership in supporting the mental health and well-being of young athletes,” said JED CEO John MacPhee. “It’s vital that a wide variety of resources are made available to youth so that they receive the support they need to thrive”

PCA and JED will collaborate on resources, roundtable webinars, and trainings focused on improving emotional health and providing support to help coaches, athletes, and leaders not only develop a further understanding of mental health, but also cope with challenges and offer evidence-based support. Mental health is rightfully advancing to the forefront of sports at all levels, and PCA is proud to be partnering with JED to make emotional well-being a critical component of supporting and training athletes.

About The Jed Foundation (JED):

JED is a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. We’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention programs and systems. We’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We’re encouraging community awareness, understanding, and action for young adult mental health.

About Positive Coaching Alliance:

As a catalyst for a positive youth sports culture, Positive Coaching Alliance provides research-based training and resources for coaches, parents, athletes, and leaders to ensure a positive youth development experience for ALL kids, in all communities across the U.S., through sports. PCA ensures sports are ‘done right’ with programming that is research-based and designed to have impact at three levels in a youth sports organization or school:

  • YOUTH experience improved life skills and character development.
  • COACHES become more positive and increase their focus on using sports to teach life lessons.
  • YOUTH SPORTS ORGANIZATIONS AND SCHOOLS see their cultures become more positive and everyone involved has more fun.

PCA believes that all youth can benefit from a positive, inclusive sports culture that develops social and emotional skills, molds character, and prepares them for competition and life. In more than two decades of work, PCA expanded from a small local nonprofit to a strong, nationwide organization that provides programming in all 50 states, reaching thousands of organizations around the country and positively impacting millions of youth athletes every year. PCA has now partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations nationwide to deliver more than 20,000 live group workshops, reaching over 20 million youth. For more information, visit www.positivecoach.org.

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