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Mental health referral for student-athletes: Web-based education and training

Physically and mentally healthy student-athletes are in a good position to thrive academically, socially, and athletically. Unfortunately, many student-athletes fail to get the mental health help they need due to lack of knowledge and/or concerns about mental health stigma. The purpose of this innovation in practice program was to educate NCAA student-athletes via a multimedia, interactive website to enable student-athletes to gain the necessary knowledge, confidence, and skills to make effective mental health referrals. Because this program is web-based, it has the potential to affect student-athlete well-being and mental health across NCAA divisions, geographic regions, and resource availability levels.