Speaking

“Our mental health is just as important as our physical health”. A statement full of so much truth but yet not practiced as much as it should be. As a public speaker, my aim is to share my story to empower youth and young professionals to speak up and tell their stories, so that together we can break down the walls of stigma around mental illness and practice mental wellness just as we do physical wellness. By telling my story and my journey of recovery, my hope is that students will understand that they are not alone, they will recognize resources around them, feel confidence to speak their truths, and keep fighting for the tomorrow that they deserve.

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Speaking topics:

  • Your Story Matters
    • Target Audience: youth through young professionals
      • Understand that all stories, no matter how big or how small are valid and everyone is deserving of receiving help
      • Learn about Ivy’s story of her struggle with her mental health (anxiety, suicidal thoughts), her fear of speaking up, but how speaking up saved her life.
      • Change your mindset from seeking help as a sign of weakness, to seeking help as a sign of strength and recognition of self-worth
      • Recognize that you are not alone, that we all have mental health
      • Learn about suicide warning signs, suicide prevention and suicide prevention resources
      • Recognize your worth and purpose and feel empowered to keep fighting for your tomorrow
  • Living With Mental Illness As An Athlete: You Are Not Alone
    • Target Audience: High School Athletes, College Athletes, Professional Athletes
      • Learn about Ivy’s story of her struggle with her mental health as an athlete (anxiety, suicidal thoughts), her fear of speaking up, but how speaking up saved her life.
      • Change your mindset from seeking help as a sign of weakness, to seeking help as a sign of strength and recognition of self-worth
      • Understand that our mental health is just as important as our physical health
      • Feel empowered to be part of the solution to change mental health culture in athletics
  • Mental Health Is Just As Important as Winning Games: For Coaches/Athletic Administration
    • Target Audience: High School Athletic Administrators, College Athletic Administrators, Professional Athletic Administrators
      • Learn about Ivy’s story of her struggle with her mental health as an athlete (anxiety, suicidal thoughts), her fear of speaking up due to the stigma around mental illness in athletics, but how speaking up saved her life.
      • Feel empowered as a coach to provide support to their student-athletes
      • Feel empowered to recognize the warning signs of mental illness and suicide in their athletes
      • Feel equipped as a coach to recognize the importance of practicing mental wellness for themselves to do the same for their athletes
  • Self-Love: Be Good Enough For Yourself
    • Target Audience: youth through young professionals
      • Learn about Ivy’s journey and how she grew from self-destruction to self-love
      • Learn concrete tips to promote self-love, self-care and self-worth
      • Receive tools to self-validate and practice positive self-talk
      • Feel empowered to fight the negative thoughts that society has conditioned you to think
      • Feel empowered to go after your goals, take risks, and know your worth

To learn more about Ivy’s availability and speaking topics, contact Ivy directly to discuss!

Testimonials:

“Ivy spoke to our fall student-athletes this past August 2018.  She spoke to them about a very difficult subject and did an amazing job of sharing her personal story.  Being an alumna of our school and being a very successful athlete both in high school and in college made it even more impactful.  I truly feel that all student-athletes benefited from hearing this message, and that any athlete who has ever dealt with mental health issues was deeply impacted by Ivy’s message.  I would highly recommend her to speak about this subject.”-Steve Laforest, Waltham High School Athletics

“Our student-athletes were both educated and inspired by hearing of your personal journey and the steps you have taken to overcome the obstacles. Your presentation allowed those in the room, whether dealing with a personal issue or not, to understand the conditions as well as learning of the various lifestyle changes that can assist in recovery. Breaking down the stigma of mental health remains a challenge, however your openness to sharing the experiences will help foster a sense of confidence in those struggling themselves.”-Chris Palmer, Athletic Director University of New Haven

“You helped to shed light on a lot of issues that I didn’t know and your talk helped my students open up to some of their daily struggles and mental health issues. A lot of coaches don’t realize how important it is to be aware of these issues, it’s not just about the X’s and O’s, we need to know what is going on with our athletes, peers, friends and families. Since your talk, I’ve made sure I keep my eyes open to any signs positive or negative. THANK YOU, Ivy, for sharing your talk with us all, because we all needed to hear it.” -Shaunnaya Williams, Director of Cross Country and Track and Field

“Your positivity is contagious and I’m thankful for the chance to have heard your story.” -Rachel, Softball Athlete, University of New Haven

“It was enlightening to hear your experiences and what you went through and how to move forward”-Student Athlete, University of New Haven

“It was interesting to hear your story on a personal level, it made everything you said so much more relatable.” –Men and Women’s Track and Field Team, University of New Haven

“The presentation by Ivy really hit home. I was very touched by her story and it helped me a lot!” -Student Athlete, Pelham High School, NHIAA Speech