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Developing and evaluating a model program for supporting the mental health of student athletes

Many student athletes experience mental health problems such as depression, but they are often reluctant to seek help. This project developed and evaluated a multi-faceted program to increase awareness of mental health issues, reduce the stigma of help-seeking, and promote positive coping skills among student-athletes. Brief and engaging videos featuring former Michigan student-athletes who successfully overcame mental health struggles were developed. Support groups were also developed, which used the videos to attract participants and stimulate discussion. The videos and support group protocol were rigorously evaluated to determine their effectiveness.