Mental health is important in all aspects of life, and athletics is no exception
We know that good mental health can help athletes to perform at their best, but we also know that when athletes struggle with mental health, it can negatively impact performance. Fortunately, there have been big strides made in mental health awareness among athletes in recent years, but there is more work to be done.
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The 2023 USA Lacrosse Sports Medicine Symposium, hosted by the Center for Sports Science & Safety and presented by MedStar Health, focused entirely on athlete mental health and wellness, with nationally recognized mental health experts and clinicians serving as presenters. You can watch the full presentation for each session via the links below.
|Prevalence, Screening, and Identifiers of Mental Health
Dr. Andrew Wolanin, Psy.D
|Building Psychological Resilience
Dr. Kimberly O'Brien, Ph.D.
|Mental Health Approaches During Injury Rehab
Dr. Shelby Baez, Ph.D.
|Mental Wellbeing Within Culturally Diverse Settings
Dr. Stephany Coakley, Ph.D.
|The Connection Between Injury & Mental Health
Dr. Kate Jochimsen, Ph.D.
|Culture and Pressures in Lacrosse
Dr. Margot Putukian, MD
USA Lacrosse is happy to share the following resources to provide mental health support for members of the lacrosse community and beyond.
Lifeline Chat and Text is a service of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline), connecting individuals with crisis counselors for emotional support and other services via web chat or texting 988.
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Committed to shedding the shame around needing help and normalizing the conversation around mental health by creating greater awareness.
Morgan’s Message strives to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health within the student-athlete community and equalize the treatment of physical and mental health in athletics.
NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
Transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses.
Mental Health Webinar for Officials
USA Lacrosse knows that good mental health is just as important for game officials as it is for players and coaches. As part of Mental Health Awareness month, we were pleased to provide a free webinar, 'Finding the Medicine in the Medicine Game' designed to help officials stay mentally healthy. Watch the replay here.
Make Mental Health Matter
With our new "Make Mental Health Matter" special edition retail line, USA Lacrosse strives to help remove the stigma surrounding mental health issues and exhibit to those who are struggling that they are not alone. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the Center for Sports Science & Safety at USA Lacrosse to assist with mental health research and with outreach within the lacrosse community.Support the Cause