Mental Health Awareness for College Athletics

Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2018

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Kenneth Messina



Student-athletes are at an increased risk of mental health disorders compared to their non-athlete counterparts due to the increased demands they face (Kaier, Cromer, Johnson, Strunk, and Davis, 2015; Papanikolaou, Nikolaidis, Patsiaouras, and Alexopoulos, 2003; Barnard, 2016; Watson, 2006; Moreland, Coxe, and Yang, 2017; Watson and Kissinger, 2007; Jolly, 2008; Rao and Hong, 2017; Watson, 2003; Heird & Steinfeldt, 2011). The training manual presented in this project will provide information about the increased demands placed on student-athletes and the barriers that keep them from seeking mental health services. Psychoeducation regarding various mental health disorders will be provided. The training will demonstrate strategies to help student-athletes seek mental health services and how to work with student-athletes already obtaining services. Finally, the training manual will highlight the benefits of student-athletes seeking mental health services when needed.

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