Recognizing the Depressed Athlete: Are Student Athletes Less Likely to Ask for Help?
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Shayla A. Sullivant, MD
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A recent study found that student-athletes experience mental health issues at about the same rate as the general student body—30 percent. However, while 30 percent of those struggling students will get help, only 10 percent of their athlete counterparts will. Several organizations are taking steps to eliminate the stigma including the NCAA, NATA and universities through programs like Athletes Connected.
Listen to Dr. Sullivant (Children’s Mercy) discuss the study and the steps the Sports Medicine Department and other departments are taking at Children’s Mercy to combat the issue.
Smith, Michael and Sullivant, Shayla, "Recognizing the Depressed Athlete: Are Student Athletes Less Likely to Ask for Help?" (2016). Transformational Pediatrics Podcast. 64.