Next on WPSU’s ‘Digging Deeper:’ College Athletics and Mental Health

Warren says it is one of his priorities to support the mental health and well-being of the Big Ten’s more than 9,500 student-athletes.

“We need to be smart as a community to make sure we take care of our young people,” Warren said. “We are concerned about how we manage our student-athletes, and the biggest thing is to give them resources on campuses where they are able to go and get the help they need and to really grow. “

Warren established the Big Ten Mental Health and Wellness Cabinet in December 2019 to promote optimal mental health for student-athletes. Consists of 32 people representing a wide range of disciplines, and includes mental health educators, physicians, athletic faculty representatives, and senior women administrators.

In connection with the formation of the cabinet, Big Ten provides student-athletes, coaches, full-time members of the university’s athletic departments and conference staff with free, unlimited access to the mental fitness app Calm, which has more than 100 hours of original audio content on topics ranging from anxiety to stress, gratitude , sleep and more.

Warren says that mental health support from the conference and the university management of the member institutions has helped remove the stigma associated with mental health.

“People are doing well now, not just for themselves, but for others to come forward and say, ‘We need some help,'” he said. “I want our student-athletes to feel just as comfortable with the way they talk about their healing from an ACL injury, as in the same way that they can talk about problems they are dealing with from mental health and well-being. “

At Penn State, all undergraduate and graduate students have access to university counseling and psychological services (CAPS). CAPS offers a wide range of services, including wellness and self-help options; group, individual and couple counseling; crisis intervention; psychiatric services; virtual services; and community education and outreach services to the university community.

WPSU’s “Digging Deeper” explores how work done at the university affects the wider community. Penn State senior Andrew Destin acts as co-host and rounds off each episode by asking Barron questions that think of students, faculty, staff and community members.

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