Awareness

Why is it important to Raise awareness?

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National and international awareness months are special days, weeks, or months dedicated to raising awareness about important topics. Awareness is strongly influenced by attitudes toward different conditions and societal problems in the community. It is also affected by a wide range of social and cultural factors that impact on self-awareness and self-identity. Stigma and lack of understanding about this are major barriers. One of the best parts about awareness days is that it shines a light on something you might not otherwise know about and inspire you to get involved, for example by volunteering.

Topplayer1 is the platform for organizing sport events to engage and collect funds for cause you find important. Your events can help you build relationships, helping potential donors to feel a connection with your cause. They offer a place to meet and discuss around your cause with your various supporters.

1. The plan
Remember to think about the kind of people you want the event to appeal to. You may want to choose a theme to make it even more fun for everyone. Don’t forget that the simplest ideas often turn out to be the most successful.

2. When and where
Make sure you have plenty of time to organize and publicize everything. Set the date, time and communicate the location. All the required details can be easily filled in when you submit an event on the platform.

3. Promoting your event
Tell all your friends, family and acquaintances. And promote your events on the activity feed to let other members know about the fundraiser and inspire them to join!

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Anti-Racism & Discrimination

Racism and discrimination in sports has many faces. Think of discriminatory insults on the sports field and racist chants from the stands or someone who is refused membership because of his origin. Lesbian women, gay men, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBTs) still regularly encounter a lack of acceptance on the sports field or in the gym, for example. It would be naive to think that racism and discrimination does not exist in sport. After all, sport is a reflection of society. ver the years we have seen many examples where racism and sport meet. Racism can be a barrier to participation in sports. This can be because people have experienced discrimination in other aspects of their lives, including at school, at work or in the general public and expect that it might also occur within a sporting context. But apart from the fact that both are linked to sport, there is also another side: sport is also seen as a means against social abuses such as discrimination and exclusion.

THE KEY TO ANTI-RACISM AND DISCRIMINATION

  1. Education
    Learning about the unconscious and automatic ways racism presents itself will help one recognize it and take steps to stop it.  
  2. Intention
    Setting the intention to have an open heart and open mind in order to be anti-racist affects how one show up. Intention brings mindful presence and awareness to what we say and what we do.
  3. Empathy
    It helps to build the ability to bounce back from shame, a critical tool in this work. Empathy increases shame resilience because it moves us toward connection, compassion, and courage—the opposite of the fear, blame, and disconnection that result from shame.
  4. Allyship
    To be an ally is to take on this struggle as if it is your own. It means that you do what is uncomfortable. You are committed to taking a risk, sharing any privilege you have. You fight to dismantle injustice. 
  5. Love
    Choosing love and healing over fear and oppression is a path of courageous vulnerability. Gratitude, joy, and an open heart are all components of love that enable one to do the work to be anti-racist and to bring anti-racism into daily life.

Mental Health Awareness

A mental illness is a physical illness of the brain that causes disturbances in thinking, behavior, energy or emotion that make it difficult to cope with the ordinary demands of life. Research is starting to uncover the complicated causes of these diseases which can include genetics, brain chemistry, brain structure, experiencing trauma and/or having another medical condition, like heart disease.

Mental illnesses affect 19% of the adult population, 46% of teenagers and 13% of children each year. However, only half of those affected receive treatment, often because of the stigma attached to mental health. Untreated, mental illness can contribute to higher medical expenses, poorer performance at school and work, fewer employment opportunities and increased risk of suicide.

Although the general perception of mental illness has improved over the past decades, studies show that stigma against mental illness is still powerful, largely due to media stereotypes and lack of education. Stigma affects not only the number seeking treatment, but also the number of resources available for proper treatment. Stigma and misinformation can feel like overwhelming obstacles for someone who is struggling with a mental health condition. Here a few powerful things you can do to help:

  • Showing individuals respect and acceptance removes a significant barrier to successfully coping with their illness. Having people see you as an individual and not as your illness can make the biggest difference for someone who is struggling with their mental health.
  • Advocating within our circles of influence helps ensure these individuals have the same rights and opportunities as other members of your church, school and community.
  • Learning more about mental health allows us to provide helpful support to those affected in our families and communities.

HOW CAN SPORT HELP YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

We all know that sports are great for your physical health. But sports also have many psychological benefits.

  • Help moderate stress
  • Improve your mood
  • Produce long-term mental health effects
  • Boost mental health with team sports
  • Help fight addiction
  • Help with depression
  • Improve serious mental disorders

Suicide Awareness

WHY NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH IS IMPORTANT

  • It promotes awareness
    Suicide prevention organizations aim to decrease suicides by 20 percent over the next seven years. The goal is to increase awareness about suicidal behaviors and how to effectively prevent them. In order to do is, it’s important to consciously talk about suicide – the warning signs, how to discuss it at school, work and in politics.
  • It starts a dialogue
    There’s a stigma connected to suicide, so too often it’s not talked about — and those who suffer from it feel they can’t discuss it.  Reach out to someone who may need help. It’s widely known that certain behaviors indicate the possibility of suicide. We can all learn the warning signs of suicidal ideation. If we spot them early enough, we can take action. Suicide Prevention Month helps to de-stigmatize this mental illness and promote conversation. This will be the start of initiating changes.
  • Suicide affects all of us
    Many people know somebody who has taken their own life or someone who has lost a friend or family member to suicide. September is a month to reflect on the value of life and that no matter how bad things seem, there’s always hope.

5 TIPS TO HELP SOMEONE IN CRISIS

  1. Ask direct questions
    Even though it’s hard, ask a person directly if they’re thinking about suicide.
  2. Listen to their answers
    People with suicidal thoughts often feel alone, so be sure to let them know that you care deeply about what they have to say.
  3. Do a safety check
    If you’re concerned for their well-being, try removing anything they could use to harm themselves, such as alcohol, drugs, medications, weapons, and even access to a car.
  4. Don’t keep this a secret
    Let them know you’ll help come up with a plan that involves telling a professional who can utilize the many services and resources available to help.
  5. Ensure they seek professional help
    Unless you work in the mental health industry, it’s important to suggest they seek additional help from other people, such as a doctor, counselor, psychologist or social worker.

Disability Awareness

October is Disability and Down syndrome Awareness Month. It’s not about celebrating disabilities, it’s about celebrating abilities. We can all learn from each other! The aim of spreading awareness is simple; education. People who don’t have a disability or know anyone who is disabled might not be aware of what it is like to live with a disability or the challenges that can be encountered on a daily basis. By educating people on these challenges it is hoped that positive changes are made. 

There are many misconceptions surrounding disabilities. For example, some assume that all disabilities are visible, but that couldn’t be more incorrect. When someone has a disability, it means that a person has a mental or physical impairment that can restrict the ability to participate in everyday activities. Never make assumptions based on those internalized stereotypes or misconceptions. Through disability awareness, the misconceptions and stereotypes surrounding those with disabilities can be brought to the forefront. When these are gone, attitudes and behaviors become more positive and impactful.

Sport can help reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with disability because it can transforms community attitudes about persons with disabilities by highlighting their skills and reducing the tendency to see the disability instead of the person. Through sport, persons without disabilities interact with persons with disabilities in a positive context forcing them to reshape assumptions about what persons with disabilities can and cannot do.

Sport changes the person with disability in an equally profound way by empowering persons with disabilities to realize their full potential and advocate for changes in society.  Through sport, persons with disabilities acquire vital social skills, develop independence, and become empowered to act as agents of change.  Sport teaches individuals how to communicate effectively as well as the significance of teamwork and cooperation and respect for others.  Sport is also well-suited to reducing dependence and developing greater independence by helping persons with disabilities to become physically and mentally stronger.

5 FACTS ABOUT DISABILITIES

  • Over 1 billion people have some form of disability.
  • Over 100 million disabled persons are children.
  • Only about 9% of disabilities are caused by accidents and 91% of disabilities are caused by illnesses.
  • 1 in 3 disabled people feel there’s a lot of disability prejudice
  • People with disabilities can live and participate in the community. But more than 40% disabled people do not have assistance for their every day activities

Anti-Racism & Discrimination

Racism and discrimination in sports has many faces. Think of discriminatory insults on the sports field and racist chants from the stands or someone who is refused membership because of his origin. Lesbian women, gay men, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBTs) still regularly encounter a lack of acceptance on the sports field or in the gym, for example. It would be naive to think that racism and discrimination does not exist in sport. After all, sport is a reflection of society. ver the years we have seen many examples where racism and sport meet. Racism can be a barrier to participation in sports . This can be because people have experienced discrimination in other aspects of their lives, including at school, at work or in the general public and expect that it might also occur within a sporting context. But apart from the fact that both are linked to sport, there is also another side: sport is also seen as a means against social abuses such as discrimination and exclusion.

THE KEY TO ANTI-RACISM AND DISCRIMINATION

  1. Education
    Learning about the unconscious and automatic ways racism presents itself will help one recognize it and take steps to stop it.  
  2. Intention
    Setting the intention to have an open heart and open mind in order to be anti-racist affects how one show up. Intention brings mindful presence and awareness to what we say and what we do.
  3. Empathy
    It helps to build the ability to bounce back from shame, a critical tool in this work. Empathy increases shame resilience because it moves us toward connection, compassion, and courage—the opposite of the fear, blame, and disconnection that result from shame.
  4. Allyship
    To be an ally is to take on this struggle as if it is your own. It means that you do what is uncomfortable. You are committed to taking a risk, sharing any privilege you have. You fight to dismantle injustice. 
  5. Love
    Choosing love and healing over fear and oppression is a path of courageous vulnerability. Gratitude, joy, and an open heart are all components of love that enable one to do the work to be anti-racist and to bring anti-racism into daily life.

Disability Awareness

October is Disability and Down syndrome Awareness Month. It’s not about celebrating disabilities, it’s about celebrating abilities. We can all learn from each other! The aim of spreading awareness is simple; education. People who don’t have a disability or know anyone who is disabled might not be aware of what it is like to live with a disability or the challenges that can be encountered on a daily basis. By educating people on these challenges it is hoped that positive changes are made. 

There are many misconceptions surrounding disabilities. For example, some assume that all disabilities are visible, but that couldn’t be more incorrect. When someone has a disability, it means that a person has a mental or physical impairment that can restrict the ability to participate in everyday activities. Never make assumptions based on those internalized stereotypes or misconceptions. Through disability awareness, the misconceptions and stereotypes surrounding those with disabilities can be brought to the forefront. When these are gone, attitudes and behaviors become more positive and impactful.

Sport can help reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with disability because it can transforms community attitudes about persons with disabilities by highlighting their skills and reducing the tendency to see the disability instead of the person. Through sport, persons without disabilities interact with persons with disabilities in a positive context forcing them to reshape assumptions about what persons with disabilities can and cannot do.

Sport changes the person with disability in an equally profound way by empowering persons with disabilities to realize their full potential and advocate for changes in society.  Through sport, persons with disabilities acquire vital social skills, develop independence, and become empowered to act as agents of change.  Sport teaches individuals how to communicate effectively as well as the significance of teamwork and cooperation and respect for others.  Sport is also well-suited to reducing dependence and developing greater independence by helping persons with disabilities to become physically and mentally stronger.

5 FACTS ABOUT DISABILITIES

  • Over 1 billion people have some form of disability.
  • Over 100 million disabled persons are children.
  • Only about 9% of disabilities are caused by accidents and 91% of disabilities are caused by illnesses.
  • 1 in 3 disabled people feel there’s a lot of disability prejudice
  • People with disabilities can live and participate in the community. But more than 40% disabled people do not have assistance for their every day activities

Mental Health Awareness

A mental illness is a physical illness of the brain that causes disturbances in thinking, behavior, energy or emotion that make it difficult to cope with the ordinary demands of life. Research is starting to uncover the complicated causes of these diseases which can include genetics, brain chemistry, brain structure, experiencing trauma and/or having another medical condition, like heart disease.

Mental illnesses affect 19% of the adult population, 46% of teenagers and 13% of children each year. However, only half of those affected receive treatment, often because of the stigma attached to mental health. Untreated, mental illness can contribute to higher medical expenses, poorer performance at school and work, fewer employment opportunities and increased risk of suicide.

Although the general perception of mental illness has improved over the past decades, studies show that stigma against mental illness is still powerful, largely due to media stereotypes and lack of education. Stigma affects not only the number seeking treatment, but also the number of resources available for proper treatment. Stigma and misinformation can feel like overwhelming obstacles for someone who is struggling with a mental health condition. Here a few powerful things you can do to help:

  • Showing individuals respect and acceptance removes a significant barrier to successfully coping with their illness. Having people see you as an individual and not as your illness can make the biggest difference for someone who is struggling with their mental health.
  • Advocating within our circles of influence helps ensure these individuals have the same rights and opportunities as other members of your church, school and community.
  • Learning more about mental health allows us to provide helpful support to those affected in our families and communities.

HOW CAN SPORT HELP YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

We all know that sports are great for your physical health. But sports also have many psychological benefits.

  • Help moderate stress
  • Improve your mood
  • Produce long-term mental health effects
  • Boost mental health with team sports
  • Help fight addiction
  • Help with depression
  • Improve serious mental disorders