US Equestrian would like to remind its members of the variety of resources available to assist if you, or someone you know, is in crisis or in need of support:
RAINN’s 24-Hour Helpline
Call (866) 200-0796 for 24/7 crisis interventions, referrals and emotional support. This confidential and secure helpline is operated by RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. For more information on this helpline please visit www.safesporthelpline.org.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Call, text, or chat 988 to be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing Lifeline network of over 200 crisis centers (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). These trained counselors will listen, understand how the person’s problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.
If you're in crisis and need support, please call or text 988 or use the chat function at 988lifeline.org/chat.
Courage First Athlete Helpline
Courage First Athlete Helpline assists athletes, parents, coaches, and anyone in athletic communities who are concerned about emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Their team of specialized counselors offers confidential support through calls, text, and online chat.
Call or text 888-279-1026 for 24/7 access to counselors (calls outside of business hours are routed to the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline). You can also find an online chat function on the Courage First website https://www.athletehelpline.org/.
Mental Health Resources
As part of our commitment to members and to their wellbeing, US Equestrian has partnered with the McLaughlin Young Group to offer members free, confidential counseling services for mental health first aid.
US Equestrian members can access professional counseling services for personal, work-related, and family concerns for up to three visits or sessions through a third-party licensed provider.
All providers are state-licensed, with a graduate degree and five years of post-graduate clinical experience. These experienced professional clinicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year.
Members can reach a counselor by calling 1-800-633-3353.
Report Sexual Misconduct to the U.S. Center for SafeSport
If you have a reasonable suspicion of sexual misconduct such as child sex abuse, non-consensual sexual conduct, sexual harassment, or intimate relationships involving an imbalance of power, make a report electronically to the U.S. Center for SafeSport or call 833-5US-SAFE.
Report Sexual Misconduct to Local Authorities
Contact your local authorities if you have a reasonable suspicion that child sexual abuse or neglect has occurred. All reports of child abuse or sexual assault of a minor must be reported to local authorities and the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Reports of abuse not involving a minor should also be reported to local authorities.
Report Non-Sexual Misconduct
USEF handles all reports of non-sexual misconduct, including harassment, hazing, bullying, physical, or emotional misconduct or a violation of the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies. Non-sexual misconduct may be reported to USEF by submitting an Incident Report Form, or e-mailing/calling a representative on the Athlete Protection Team:
- Sarah Gilbert, Director, USEF Safe Sport
- Lauren McDowell, Asst. Director, USEF Safe Sport
- Text an anonymous report via RealResponse: