Ohio State head coach ryan day and his wife Nina on Wednesday morning announced a $1 million donation to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine to fund mental health research.
“Ohio State has been very, very good to our family, and we believe investing in the spiritual well-being of the Buckeye nation is a tremendous privilege and the right thing to do,” Day said. “Nina and I know from personal experience what a huge difference mental health care can make in the life of an injured person.”
Mental health was a big reason for the days, as Ryan lost his father to suicide when he was just 8, while Nina revealed on Wednesday that she’s dealt with anxiety for much of her life.
“Like all families, we have shared great moments and achievements while also experiencing heartbreak and struggle,” Nina day said. “We want our children to understand that life is about enjoying the ups and navigating the downs. We want our children to thrive in the face of adversity, and if they’re ever faced with a challenge that seems too big to handle, we want them to feel empowered to ask for help.”
The Days previously partnered with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to create the Christina and Ryan Day Fund for Pediatric and Adolescent Mental Awareness to raise awareness, improve educational opportunities and advocate for mental wellbeing in young children.
Meanwhile, the Nina and Ryan Day Resilience Fund, which will be housed in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, is focused on helping college students and adults.
“The difference here is that this is for people we work with every day,” said Ryan Day. “Certainly, college age is a tough time for a lot of people. You need the resources. They need the help, but then they need the identification of risk factors and trying to counteract that, not just react.”
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