Student-athlete mental health is a topic that often flies under the radar. On top of the regular workload of academics, student-athletes must deal with a bevy of other stressors including practice, games, workouts, and travel.
And so, with an eye on mental health, the Goshen College Athletic department gathered more than 250 rostered Goshen College athletes together on Monday the 28th, to tackle the distressing topic.
GC Athletic Director Erica Albertin pulled the athletes together with a mixture of lectures, statistics, and discussion questions, many of which were based on templates put together by the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics).
Student-athletes were encouraged to discuss their own mental health as well as the mental health attitude of their teammates and how it impacts them.
According to Albertin, the biggest reason for getting all GC athletes in one space was to highlight the on-campus resources that student-athletes can reach out to in times of crisis.
According to sophomore tennis player Meaghan Godzsiz, GC coaches in-particular do a good job of ensuring that their athletes are healthy, not just physically, but mentally as well, and if there are any issues the coaches are quick to act.
If you or someone that you know on-campus is having a mental health crisis or emergency, contact the on-call Student Life Administrator at 574-535-(OCRD)6273