October 11th, 2018 | by CollegeAD

Seeking mental health care can be a hard decision, especially for student-athletes in the spotlight on college campuses. The stereotypes and expectations can weigh heavily on players, putting them in a unique position few understand better than Clewiston Challenger, an assistant professor of counseling in the Neag School of Education and a former UConn football player. It can be hard for athletes to ask for help because of the stigmas that surround mental health, Challenger said. As the topic of mental health in college athletics has grown increasingly popular in recent years, Challenger said a key to continuing those strides and making athletes feel more comfortable discussing mental illness is to increase visibility and make sure everyone in the athletic department is equipped to help. Colleges across the country have begun taking steps to better care for student-athletes’ mental health as more and more athletes come forward with stories of the mental health issues they face. UConn is among the schools that have started prioritizing mental health among student-athletes. – Kelli Stacy, courant – Read More

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