Encouraging Mental Health Care in Our Communities
It is very important for college athletes to push for more effective mental health care (Chronicle of Higher Education, November 8, 2019). Often when a prospective college athlete looks at an athletic scholarship and sets goals for themselves--and then falls short of these goals--this can cause anxiety and depression after realizing that the original goals may have been unrealistic to start with.
In fact, we need to be open to the following statistics:
Roughly a quarter of college athletes have experienced symptoms of depression in the past three years.
The highest stats were found amongst female athletes who were track and field--38% reported being depressed.
A 2016 study by the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) found that nearly a third of athletes overall, felt 'overwhelmed' the month before, and also felt mentally exhausted from the demands of their sport.
An Active Minds survey found that 91% of high achieving athletes with a 3.4 grade point average or higher felt overwhelmed by everything they did in the past 12 months, but only 12% sought professional help for feeling said, anxious or nervous.
We need more support and mentoring from the colleges and our communities to address mental health issues.
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