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Tackling Stigma: A Pilot Program to Promote Mental Health Literacy and Help-Seeking in Student-Athletes

Student-athletes are susceptible to experiencing mental health problems that disrupt optimal functioning, performance, and well-being. Unfortunately, many student-athletes who struggle with mental illness underutilize psychological services. Stigma has been implicated as the main barrier that prevents student-athletes from seeking help. Evidence-based programs are needed to change the culture of mental health on college campuses in order to normalize and promote accessibility to available resources. This intervention program was designed to reduce stigma toward mental illness and improve help-seeking attitudes among student-athletes by targeting stereotypes, mental health literacy, empathy, and contact with stigmatized others.