No one should suffer in silence or hide their symptoms for fear of being misunderstood and it's time we all start talking.
Play4P (PLAY4PREVENTION) is established through the Next Level Sports Foundation. Play4P will be dedicated to finding actionable and positive avenues to raise awareness about and focus on prevention of teen suicide. Having someone very dear to me take her life at such a young age had a huge impact on me. Many of us would say we knew her so well but that wasn’t enough to keep her smiling personality with us. At P4P, our primary focus will be on shining a spotlight on the issue of teen suicide, and to educate both teens and all parents to bring a voice to teens that need help, coping with depression or suicidal thoughts. Parents of highly ambitious and academically successful teens have just as much to be aware of as those parents of teens who may be struggling socially or in school. We want to give teens and their parents a place to talk openly about the pain and also be offered publicly the resources to be able to get help quickly when needed and early. Play4P will secondarily focus on helping teens find their passion, to do something they love; and through finding their passion and feeling that self-worth in what they love to do, we hope to inspire and empower them, that even at the hardest times, kids & teens are not alone no matter the circumstance or overwhelming struggle of the moment. Lastly, we want to bring a voice to the stigma of teen suicide for teens and parents and offer a place to find resource support, open discussion and ultimate comfort and kinship.
Raise awareness and really shine a spotlight on the startling statistics about the increase in teen suicides.
Encourage and campaign for everyone to know the signs and to get teens comfortable talking with friends or support members about their feelings. All in an effort to get intervention and/or discussion to happen before conditions continue to decline.
We hope to inspire and empower all teens to find their "play". That play may come in the form of music, dance, sports, volunteering or yoga. Something where teens are active feel valued and worthwhile.
We want to bring a voice to the stigma of teen suicide both to those families that have suffered a lost and to those struggling with mental health challenges. Removing the shame of mental health illness would be valuable to both teens and parents talking more freely.
I am Luke Bottari and I am a teen that lives with my family south of San Francisco. Since I was young, I was always involved in a lot of sports and have had a great circle of friends. As I have grown up, I have honed in on the sport of Football and I am currently a Quarterback on my school’s Varsity Football team and also play baseball. Growing up I have been fortunate to live in a close knit community; many of the kids I went to kindergarten with, I am still actively involved with today. We play sports against each other, we rely on each other for advice as our relationships have changed and although we are spread out at different schools, we stay in touch. One of my close friends in middle school was a beautiful girl who moved in the 7th grade. In fact, she became my first true girlfriend in 2016. Her untimely death at the age of 15 is the inspiration for me to start Play4P (PLAY4PREVENTION) and will be the motivation to find positive and accessible ways for us to find avenues to help teens struggling to cope with depression, or more severe mental health issues. No one should suffer in silence, or hide their symptoms for fear of being misunderstood. I hope to make my friend’s legacy one of positive change to do what she loved best, to make people happy and make them smile