Mike and Jess Trout Want You to Know That Your Game Isn't Over Yet ;

 

As you may or may not know, I lost my brother in 2018 to suicide. Over the past few years since that tragic day, I’ve learned that struggles with mental health are far too common. In the United States, almost half of adults will experience a mental health illness during their lifetime. Yet the stigmas attached to them cause many of these people to suffer in silence, which can be debilitating and even deadly. This is why Mike & I continue to partner with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and help raise awareness for the many Americans who may feel alone in their struggles. You are NEVER alone.

 
Our families participated in two “Out of the Darkness” walks this past Fall that the New Jersey chapter of AFSP organized and hosted. Watching our hometown, as well as people from all over the state, come together to share in their struggles, honor their loved one’s memories and spread awareness in their names was so emotional, yet so powerful! Mike & I want to continue to fan the flame of advocacy and awareness in the hopes that other families won’t have to experience the pain of losing a loved one in this way.

Mike & I are so excited to launch our collaboration with custom sports apparel brand Tiny Turnip, founder Rachel Luzi and her business partner Jalynne Crawford, to help support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)! We have always been fans and customers of the Tiny Turnip brand. From one-of-a-kind pieces for All-Star games and playoffs or custom designs for our little one on the way to sport at his Daddy’s games, Rachel’s designs never disappoint! Her attention to detail and the quality of her pieces are second to none, and it’s evident that she takes pride in creating special & meaningful artwork for all her sports families.
 

  

To support the cause, Mike & I worked with Rachel to design a special piece of custom artwork that embodied important messages of mental health awareness and suicide prevention. The main focus of our design was the semicolon, symbolizing a punctuation mark in literature where the author could have ended a sentence, but decided to continue the sentence instead. Our design is meant to empower those who are struggling to know it’s okay not to be okay, to seek help and to know that their “game isn’t over yet!” 

 

Through this collaboration, we’ve also learned more about Tiny Turnip’s charitable ambitions and their desire to help bring awareness to the many causes sport’s families advocate for and support. So when Rachel contacted Mike & I this Spring and offered to partner with us and the charity of our choice, it was a no brainer! We knew we wanted to focus our efforts on mental health awareness, specifically suicide prevention, as this is a cause that hits close to home for us.
 
Proceeds from each purchase of product featuring our design will go to the AFSP, who continues to fund scientific research, educate the public and advocate for public policies about mental health and suicide prevention.
 
Tiny Turnip, AFSP, Mike & I are so excited to finally launch this passion project of ours we’ve been working so hard on. Your support is appreciated more than you will ever know and we hope and pray this collaboration touches the lives of even just one precious soul and alters the course of their life for the better. You are loved, you’re never alone and your game isn’t over yet!

 

- Jess and Mike Trout

9 comments


  • Julie Hutchinson

    I am so touched by the continued efforts of the Mike and Jess to share their families story. Taking the loss of Aaron and using that as a platform to help others heal or to know that they are not alone is amazing. The COVID-19 seclusion and challenges comucate thses mental health issues. Every opportunity we have to let others know they can share and that their story is important and that they are valued is essential. I will wear my shirt proudly and hope that it matters to someone. Thank you all for this campaign and for sharing hope for the future! Life is precious! Order #2466


  • Jessica B.

    This is truly a gift to everyone that knows the pain of suicide. My husband and I lost our son 8 years ago. The pain never goes away, but you learn to walk with it. Thank you for creating such a special piece of you to share that will continue to help others. Thank you for being amazing role models that kids today can and should immulate. God bless Mike & Jess Trout, & their Family. Much love to you all.


  • Soila Moore

    Thank you for this. Let’s pray those that are struggling with this illness will reach out to someone.


  • Joleen Klundt

    Thank you for going above and beyond to stop the stigma associated with mental health issues. Getting help is the first step and no one should ever feel ashamed. Blessings to the two of you! 👏🏻👏🏻❤️


  • Jenny Q

    Hi Infield Charter, I saw Mike and Jessica Trouts launch of their campaign of Suicide Awareness. This week in Baraboo, WI, a 10 year old girl took her own life . Kodie B. Dutcher was only 10. She was found in a cornfield not far from her house. She was the only child to a single mom. Mental illness and suicide are happening at younger ages. 10 years old- 5th grade. I was hoping if you could get in touch with the Trouts to send Kodie’s mom a T-shirt. I have provided a link to her obituary and go fund me account
    .https://redlinfuneralhome.com/obituary-detail.php?obituary_id=10762345

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/remembering-kodie-b-dutcher?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheetOh


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