The demands of being a student-athlete — balancing school, pressures of winning, and and jam-packed schedules — can be intense and overwhelming. Often, student-athletes have a more difficult time reaching out for help, because of social norms around sports of being tough and resilient. To address the rising concern of significant mental health problems among student athletes, the U-M School of Public Health has partnered with the U-M Athletic Department and the Depression Center to develop and evaluate a program for supporting mental health initiatives for student athletes. The project was one of six chosen by the NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program.
[Photo: Dr. Daniel Eisenberg]
Dr. Daniel Eisenberg, associate professor of health management and policy, will be leading the collaboration. Michigan’s project will aim to increase awareness of mental health issues, reduce stigma of seeking help, and promote positive coping skills for student-athletes. The results will be presented at the NCAA Convention in Washington, DC, in January 2015.