Craig Warme, an Electrical Journeyman based in Southern New Hampshire, is talented and deeply passionate about his profession. With a diverse skill set, including proficiency in NEC Code, field installation expertise, Branch Circuit Wiring, and blueprint reading, Craig exemplifies how one can pursue a career they truly love. Alongside his dedication to his work, Craig is an enthusiastic sports fan who enjoys engaging in physical activities, particularly those that take him outdoors.

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In his professional endeavors, Craig prioritizes quality above all else. Whether working on new construction projects or remodels, he is committed to adding value to every design. Recognizing the often-overlooked importance of lighting in interior design, Craig has made it his mission as an Electrical Journeyman to ensure this element receives the attention it deserves. By staying updated on the latest trends, employing expert techniques, and delivering consistently high-quality results, Craig has earned a reputation for his efficiency, safety consciousness, and ability to meet client expectations.

Craig’s journey in the electrical field began in 2017 when he joined D.R. Electric as an Electrical Apprentice. Over two years, he honed his skills under the guidance of a journeyman electrician, gaining experience in assessing electrical situations, installing wiring systems, and maintaining equipment. Transitioning to the role of Electrical Journeyman in October 2019 with A.B. Precision Electric, Craig took on additional responsibilities such as testing electrical systems, documenting observations, and ensuring compliance with safety regulations.

Driven by his passion for providing exceptional service and resolving client issues, Craig thrives in both residential and commercial environments. His dedication to continuous learning and improvement is evident in his pursuit of education, including attending the Cheshire Career Center and obtaining Journeyman Certification from NECC in 2021.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Craig enjoys outdoor activities, particularly during summer on the lake or exploring mountain trails in winter with friends. He values the connections he forms through these experiences, recognizing the importance of building friendships for personal growth and enrichment. Craig Warme exemplifies how pursuing one’s passions can lead to a fulfilling and rewarding career through his dedication to his craft and his commitment to personal growth and enjoyment.

Sports and Mental Health: Breaking the Stigma in Professional Athletics

Body strength, flexibility, and endurance are the most highlighted features in the athletic world. Although, from the outside, athletes may seem to be capable of handling their mental health, on the inside, it may be a different story as many athletes struggle with mental health issues that can affect their performance and well-being. The stigma around mental health in sports needs to be combated because this will make sports more balanced and create a friendly and supportive environment for athletes. 

Understanding the Stigma

For a long time, athletes have been subjected to stigma from their sport because of false beliefs and stereotypes. The athletes, in most cases, are required to look strong, resilient, and very self-confident, which makes it harder for them to admit their mental health issues and seek help. The fear of being judged, the feeling of being weak, and wondering how it will affect their careers are some of the reasons why athletes may not seek help for their mental health issues. 

The disadvantages of Mental Health Issues

However, the reality is that athletes are as vulnerable to mental health problems as anyone else, and they are not invincible. The tremendous pressure to perform, the non-stop attention from the media and the fans, and the unpredictable nature of competition greatly impact athletes’ mental health. Anxiety, depression, burnout, and eating disorders are just a few of the most common mental problems for athletes. 

Breaking the Silence

Luckily, there has been a positive shift in the norms surrounding mental health in sports thanks to the courage of athletes who have come forward with their stories. Celebrities like Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, and Kevin Love, who have opened up about their mental health issues, have eroded the stigma and helped people seek help. The integrity and frankness of these athletes have crossed the gaps within the athletic community and have opened the door for wider knowledge and tolerance. 

Promoting Mental Wellness

Sports bodies and authorities have taken action to prioritize mental health and support services for athletes, too. Some of the professional sports leagues now provide confidential counseling programs, health resources, and initiatives to support players who are facing challenges. Destigmatizing mental problems and encouraging athletes to seek help is what these initiatives are doing by giving them the confidence to have their health as a priority. 

Changing the Narrative

Changing the narrative on mental health in sports is not a one-person action but a total effort from the athletes, coaches, fans, and the media. Rather than interpreting psychological problems as a sign of weakness, they should be viewed as a common feature of human life, equally affecting people with or without top-level sports achievements. By changing the conversation to emphasize resilience, self-care, and seeking assistance, we can build an inclusive and accepting community for athletes at all levels. 

Moving Forward

While there have been achievements in the past few years, there is still a need to continue to eradicate the stigma that is associated with mental health in professional sports. It is imperative to keep insisting on advocacy, education, and destigmatization to help athletes have the confidence to put their mental health first without the fear of being embarrassed or reprimanded. Through the joint work of tearing down these barriers and building an environment that embodies acceptance and support, we can construct an athletic community that is more inclusive and healthier for everyone. 

Mental health and sports are two inseparable things. Despite that, the stigma around mental health has for long been a dark cloud hovering over the athletic world. Through acknowledging mental health issues and addressing them openly and compassionately, we can do away with the barriers, bring about well-being, and support athletes to be the best they can be in sports and outside of it. Together, let us continue to be the ones who break stereotypes, bring about understanding, and build a sports world that is more inclusive for all athletes.

Craig Warme
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Electrical Journeyman