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Had a great morning yesterday talking to Center for Sport Leadership NCAA Collegiate Coaching class. Thanks to Professor Weiss for giving me the opportunity to come and talk to your class about the intersection of SA Mental Health & Coaching.
The Seminar included:
Data-Driven Facts about Student Athletes and Mental Health
Using the Athlete Mental Health L*I*N*K mobile app we reviewed Signs & Symptoms of 3 common issues SA struggle with, encouraging them to review the others on the app. Knowing this information will always be in the palm of their hands to reference in the future.
Discussed ways to Create a Positive MH Culture for their teams,; Other resources they can turn to; Being prepared for SA Mental Health Crisis and The importance of Modeling their own Positive Mental Health.
There was great discussion and insights by the class. I learned a lot and was thankful at their openness! May we continue on the path to educate our Coaches on ways to support their athletes & themselves on Sport related Mental Health.
I applaud this decision. The question becomes how does it translate to mental health resources actually being received by the student athletes?
I have visited numerous athletic departments and only a handful have actual “Mental Health Programming”, by programming I mean avenues to educate and instruct their SAs on combating their mental health illiteracy AND providing concrete ways to help them positively deal with stress and anxiety.
I can only hope that colleges & universities use this as a prompt to actually incorporate mental health curriculum inside their athletic departments. We need to educate our athletes on Signs & Symptoms of common athlete mental health issues, we need to mandate training on positive ways to handle stress & anxiety, like mindfulness & meditation training. When I say MH curriculum, I mean mandatory classwork/programs that their student athletes MUST attend. No tests or grades but the absolute expectation that they attend these programs just like Title IX and sexual assault mandatory training.
There are numerous issues to conquer; finances, Athletic department suppositions that if they provide curriculum the public perception that there’s a pervasive mental health problem in their athletes, and that our athletes are already scheduled to the hilt.
I have 15 minute Seminars that give this information to the student athletes, as well the Athlete Mental Health mobile app, which incorporates all the same info in the Palm of their hands. You could literally take a portion of the app as a class for your athletes.
Let’s hold off judgement for 1 year. January 2020 should tell us all the programming they have created and instituted, then we can answer the question “How did the vote translate to programming?”
Had a great conversation with Rob Witham on World Day of Suicide Prevention. Talked about current status on campus’ for Collegiate Athlete Mental Health, what we can do to be preventative and the CAMH mobile app Tool! Thanks Rob for inviting me and continuing this tough but needed discussion. Look forward to more conversations together.
Go to CWP’s YouTube Channel and listen to the Podcast.
Join me on Monday Sept 10 at 6:30pm for the discussion on SA Mental Health coinciding with National Suicide Awareness Month. 102.9 The Mater hosts a live & local sports talk show, "In The Red Zone".
Details: Live broadcast from Sports Page Grille Ashland. Airing from 6-7pm on 102.9 FM The Mater, 1430 AM, and live online at HanoverCountySports.net as well as on the TuneIn Radio App.
Looking forward to presenting my research and learning from others in the world of college athletics.
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