Ryan Magiera

Ryan Magiera

Ryan Magiera, an advocate for mental health through sports.

Ryan Magiera, an advocate for mental health through sports.

Poetry or Stage Name: RJ Miller

Activism: I want to promote mental health through sports as a priority for individuals lives. I believe that also athletics and arts do not have to mutually exclusive of each other. Special Olympics (my brother is on an awesome basketball team!). Special Education and special needs adult population services and rights.

Peer Support: I provide peer support by sharing my story and my messages through performance poetry and connecting on personal and societal issues I believe strongly in.

Gigs I want to be booked for: featured performances, with piano accompaniment

 

Poem

what would you attempt if you could not fail?
what would you say if you had all of the right words?
what would you do if you only had the one life?

know that,
Each morning we wake up as blank slates
brushstroke through the day
until we fall asleep as the murals
we’ve already decided to become.

The greatest paintings of all time
were not planned,
predestined or preordained
they were just
painted.

Health Care Activism: Mental Health Through Sports

What I would tell the Recovery Movement: Keep on keeping on. Take care of yourself, too. Stay positive. Never forget the power of mental health through sports. Ken Jue in New Hampshire found that giving people physical trainers instead of case managers improved their outcomes significantly. We can repeat that through most kinds of sports.

Health Insurance success story: Once I got health insurance through the boulder valley school district special ed paraprofessional, I was able to get re-prescribed my SSRI medication quick efficiently and affordably, taking no lapse in time from taking my medication, because SRRIs stopping abruptly can lead to suicidal tendencies.   Being aggressive about staying stable has helping me keep advocating for mental health through sports, and I know that many kids won’t have to go through anything I have if they can get connected to the right programs.

Ryan’s mental health through sports infographic:

Mental Health through sports makes a lot of sense because sports programs offer all the same benefits.

Mental Health through sports makes a lot of sense because sports programs offer all the same benefits.