Diveheart Wins 2023 ShareCare Award in Behavorial/Mental Health Category


ShareCare Honors Illinois Nonprofit with Award in the Behavioral Health Category, Diveheart wins with inspirational story of young scuba diver on autism spectrum.

Diveheart, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals with disabilities through scuba diving, proudly announces that it has received the prestigious ShareCare Award in the Behavioral Health category. The award recognizes Diveheart’s outstanding commitment to enhancing mental health and well-being through its transformative “Divers with Heart” YouTube Series.

The winning video, featured in the “Divers with Heart” series, centers around the inspiring journey of Kristina Jacobsen, a young woman on the autism spectrum. Jacobsen’s story highlights how scuba diving became her sanctuary and how it enabled her to find her community with Diveheart.

In this heartwarming video, Jacobsen and her parents share her remarkable transformation since embracing scuba diving as a way of life. Identifying as a scuba diver and mastering diving skills had a profound impact on Jacobsen, improving her overall well-being and providing her with a sense of purpose and belonging.

Diveheart’s “Divers with Heart” series goes beyond the surface to showcase the real-life stories of individuals who have overcome challenges and discovered newfound strength, confidence, and happiness through the underwater world. The ShareCare Award in the Behavioral Health category recognizes the organization’s dedication to promoting mental health and emotional well-being through its inspirational videos.

“We are deeply honored to receive the ShareCare Award in the Behavioral Health category for our ‘Divers with Heart’ series,” said Diveheart Executive Director, Tinamarie Hernandez. “Kristina’s story is a testament to the healing power of scuba diving and the incredible impact it can have on one’s mental health. We are grateful for this recognition and remain committed to our mission of transforming lives one dive at a time.”

The ShareCare Awards celebrate organizations and individuals who are making a difference in the field of healthcare and well-being.  ShareCare Award winners are announced via a social media campaign and are unveiled through a social media campaign.

Diveheart is proud to be acknowledged for its contribution to behavioral health and looks forward to continuing its work in empowering individuals with disabilities to explore the underwater world and discover their true potential.

For more information about Diveheart, please visit www.diveheart.org. The full “Divers with Heart” video series is available for streaming on YouTube.

About Diveheart:

Diveheart is a nonprofit organization that empowers children, adults, and veterans with disabilities through scuba diving. By providing adaptive scuba experiences and training, Diveheart helps individuals build confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of purpose while fostering social connections and promoting physical and emotional well-being. Diveheart believes that no one should be limited by their disability and strives to create a more inclusive world through the healing power of scuba diving. ###