In partnership with the “Athletes Connected” program, University of Michigan student-athletes Ms. Emily Browning and Ms. Maddy Frost produced a video for mental health awareness, adding to a library of videos being produced as part of the University of Michigan’s student-athlete mental health research project. Dr. Daniel Eisenberg, SPH associate professor, is principal investigator on the project which is a collaboration between the U-M School of Public Health, the U-M Depression Center and the U-M Athletic Department. The goal of “Athletes Connected” is to increase awareness of mental health issues, reduce the stigma of help-seeking, and promote positive coping skills among student-athletes who are often reluctant to seek help when it comes to mental health.
Many college students experience mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety, but student-athletes in particular are often reluctant to seek help for a variety of reasons.
“One in three students experiences significant symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions. Yet only about 30 percent of those students seek help, and that number drops to 10 percent for student-athletes,” said Eisenberg.
To address this issue, the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Depression Center and Athletic Department have collaborated to create “Athletes Connected,” an outreach and education program for student-athletes to increase awareness around mental health issues, reduce the stigma of asking for help, and promote positive coping skills.
For more on the program and to see the video (which is the first link under the heading “videos,” click here.