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How Are You Supporting Your Athletes' Mental Health?

Recent events have brought about an opportunity to deepen our understanding of mental health in general, and more specifically as athletes, over our lifetimes. Just as we are students of our sports, educating ourselves on mental health will allow us to gain helpful tools and put each of us in a position to advocate for others.

Below are a few resources to explore. How are you supporting your athletes? Consistent and recurring content will keep it top of mind for those who matter most to your athletics department. If you're not already utilizing UNITE software to centralize your athletic department or letterwinners club initiatives, like mental health resources, schedule a demo to see how you can expand your reach to make an impact on the most athletes.

NCAA

Headspace - a very popular app in this space

Mental Health First Aid

CDC

MentalHealth.gov

NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Health)

NIH (National Institute of Mental Health)

NATA - content is membership based

Moving On!

Athletes for Hope 

Beyond Sport

Check out resources and athlete stories Team USA provides

Athlete Network blog for personal stories from athletes and resources shared by professionals

Existing school and conference-level resources - make these accessible in your athlete network via UNITE software to impact a greater number of current and alumni athletes

Ask your medical staff for the most relevant resources for your school

Consider helping student-athletes launch a peer-to-peer mental health and well-being support system (ask us about partners who are already doing this and making an impact)

If you or a friend want confidential advice at any time, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. 

 

This article is for informational purposes only. If you are experiencing a mental health condition or crisis, contact a mental health professional.