Ohio State’s Ryan Day, Harry Miller Discuss Mental Struggles On SportsCenter | Yardbarker
“The things that were in place at Ohio State definitely saved my life. “
Ohio State head coach Ryan Day and former offensive lineman Harry Miller discussed the importance of mental health and the emotional and physical challenges they’ve faced in their lives during a feature on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Sunday morning.
Day, who is entering his fifth season at the helm of the Buckeyes, lost his father to suicide when he was just 8 years old but kept his feelings deep inside until a recruiting trip in 2018 to a school that had just experienced its seventh suicide that year forced him to confront his pain.
” I just remember him telling me over the phone that ‘This must stop. This is a crisis. We must get ahead of it. This is a crisis,” Day’s wife Christina Day stated.
The Days then partnered with Nationwide Children’s Hospital in order to create the Christina and Ryan Day Fund for Pediatric and Adolescent Mindfulness Awareness. This fund will help to raise awareness, improve educational opportunities, and encourage advocacy for mental health.
The Buckeyes added four full-time mental healthcare professionals to their football team, including two psychologists as well as two athletic counselors.
” I knew it was important the moment he stopped practicing during training camp to introduce us ,” Dr. Candice Wilkins .
Williams then played a critical role in Miller’s life after he approached Day in the days leading up to the 2021 season and shared that he was having suicidal thoughts, something he’s dealt with since he was 8 years old, as well. I just thought, “Well, this must all be how everyone thinks.” Miller admitted to drawing blood from his neck and arms with a box cutter that he used for engineering projects. “I’m very grateful that I did not cut myself deep enough to where it was impossible to recover.”
Miller explained how it was easier to discuss his feelings with Day because Ohio State’s head coach has been open about his own experiences.
“That gave him the ability to respond quickly, to not hesitate about it, not be confused about, and not be dismissive.” Miller, who announced his medical retirement in March . Sometimes it is a matter of life or death. My life was saved by having a coach like Coach Day and having staff like the Ohio State mental health staff. If I’m sharing my story and willing to share some personal thoughts, then maybe they’ll be more willing to do so.”
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