Mike Marjama

TOPICS

  • Men and Masculinity

  • Mental Health/Trauma

  • Athletics

  • Mike's IG

about Mike

Mike Marjama is a trailblazing athlete using his platform to advocate for mental health, wellness, and personal development. Mike spent 10 years on an amazing journey chasing his dream of being a professional baseball player, climbing through the minor leagues to eventually make his Major League debut in 2017. In 2018, he was recognized as one of the 30 best catchers in Major League Baseball, serving as the Opening Day catcher for the Seattle Mariners.

 

Now as a former professional athlete, he recognizes how athletes can create positive impacts by sharing their stories and advocating for their passions. Mike’s personal challenges with mental health and eating disorders, beginning early in his life have helped shape his new journey as a public speaker, consultant, real estate agent, and investor. Mike is the first male professional athlete to speak out about eating disorders and their impact on athletes and his story has been featured by MTV, Good Morning America, The Doctors, CBS Today and countless others. Most notably in 2018, Mike traveled to the United States Capitol in Washington D.C. and addressed members of Congress about crafting better legislation for those affected by mental health. 

 

Mike lives in Granite Bay, CA, yet spends his time around the country speaking at events, supporting the work of nonprofits, and helping craft better legislation to improve mental health and wellness. He’s the proud uncle to his brother Jake’s three beautiful children and biggest fan of his sister Abby, University of Alabama Volleyball star.

programs

Every Last Ounce: My Journey with Trauma, Eating Disorders, Perfectionism, and Learning to Live Balanced

“Put everything you have into this!”

 

We’ve all heard this advice before, a not-so-subtle message from someone who cares challenging us to maximize our efforts. But, what’s the potential harm in taking this message too far?

 

Have you gone too far in order to achieve your goals?

 

Mike Marjama, a retired Major League Baseball player and wellness advocate, shares in this gripping signature program his story of overcoming his patterns of disordered eating and hyper-perfectionism in the pursuit of his goals. He reveals the details that brought him to the brink of death and forced him to reprioritize his physical and mental health. His commitment is to help audience members reflect on their choices to ensure they aren’t sacrificing wellness in the quest for greatness.

 

This program is real, raw, and intended to break down the barriers for help-seeking behavior. Mike isn’t telling you to not have big goals, quite the contrary, but rather to live a life that allows you to fulfill them in the healthiest way possible. 

Learning Outcomes

Audience members will...
  • Consider how traumas have influenced their daily actions/thoughts
  • Investigate the role of perfectionism and its advantages and pitfalls
  • Process the relationship between trauma, body image and mental health
  • Explore strategies for help-seeking behavior
Ideal Audiences
  • Mental Health/Trauma 
  • Eating Disorder/Wellness
  • Athletics
Formats
  • Keynote
  • Virtual

Unmasked: Breaking the Stigma of Help-Seeking 

From the youngest of ages, Mike Marjama counted on family, teachers, and coaches. Each played a part in his progress and process of growth. When faced with the most difficult challenge of his life, he struggled to allow those same people to know his inner-most needs.

 

He knows too often men struggle with this mindset: help equals weakness. 

 

In this signature program, Mike shares how his journey changed when we embraced the idea that avoiding help was a limiting factor for success. In a real and figurative way, his success was achieved behind a mask. His goal is to help others life a full life free of being hidden behind our self-constructed walls of fear, shame, and isolation. He shares personal stories and anecdotes and empowers audiences to see how they can be open to giving and receiving support from those closest to them. 

 

If we are going to be able to break the stigma of help-seeking behavior, Mike also believes we have to learn how to own our voices and use them to speak up, offer assistance, and champion what matters most. 

 

The time to break the pattern is now.

Learning Outcomes

Audience members will...
  • Identify the ways in which men are taught to perform masculinity in society
  • Reflect on the limiting factors of these various "masks"
  • Consider the role of friends, family and inner thoughts on how we see ourselves
  • Develop strategies for breaking down barriers of help-seeking behavior
Ideal Audiences
  • Men and Masculinity
  • Athletics
  • Fraternal Organzations 
Formats
  • Keynote
  • Virtual

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