Ben Raemers Foundation
Following the tragic and untimely death of professional skater Ben Raemers when he was just 28 years old, the Ben Raemers Foundation emerged to foster discussions about mental health and suicide within the skate community. Throughout our community resource pages, there are many crisis helplines, but if you’re looking for someone to talk to and are unsure where to start, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255).
Donate to the Ben Raemers Foundation here!
9/03/2021An international project launched by Dr. Indigo Willing, Consent is Rad focuses on educating skate scenes around the world about the importance of consent—especially in intimate settings. Its "No Naming, No Shaming, No Blaming" policy keeps the focus on their one simple message and protects the privacy of survivors and victims. In 2021 the Break the Cycle PSA was included in the mag.The group with co-founders We Skate QLD and Pushing Boards shares information about how to talk about consent and works with people in areas of gender inclusion and sexual violence prevention. If you're having an event, hit them up for some flyers or more info. Listen up, it's all in the name.
7/22/2020Chances are you've heard of the American Civil Liberties Union, and for good reason. The ACLU has been fighting within the legal system to protect the individual rights of citizens on issues like women’s rights, racial justice, privacy and surveillance for over 100 years. Check their site to know your rights when you get jammed up by the cops at your favorite spot.
7/22/2020The Equal Justice Initiative provides legal assistance, makes reports and produces short films to address and fight against racial injustice and mass incarceration in America. The EJI has helped over 120 wrongly-convicted or illegally-sentenced people in Alabama and has won cases in the Supreme Court banning life without parole for kids. Check the video for a quick look at their work.
7/22/2020We’re not always open about our emotions. But if you or someone in your scene is struggling, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24/7 with its network of local centers all across the country. Check out their site to learn about suicide prevention and check in with yourself and your homies to help make sure we don’t lose more people we know and love.
7/22/2020Some would rather text than call, and for those, the Crisis Text Line is available 24/7, not just for suicide emergencies but for any number of painful, heated moments. Seventy-five-percent of the the texters that use the service are under the age of 25, which also overlaps with the largest demographic of skaters. It’s free, it’s anonymous and it helps save lives. Watch their video to see more of their mission. And, if you’re in a crisis currently, text “Hello” to #741741 and connect with a crisis counselor today.