Mental health initiative programs are extremely important for our student athlete’s in these times. According to some statistics, I have read Approximately 46.6 million people are living with mental illness in the US. That’s 1 in 5 adults who will be living with a mental health condition at some point in their lives.

Getting exercise and staying fit is extremely important in the development of our young people. Research has shown that the benefits of exercise can boost moods and improve overall mental health.

I am no expert so I will give you quotes from a book that I am reading. Playing sports does not make athletes immune to mental health challenges. With pressures to perform in the game, as well as in the rest of their public lives, being an athlete can be incredibly challenging for a person’s mental health. Student-athletes have additional pressures to maintain their classwork and grades on top of practice and games.

DJ Carton In 2018 At The Fab 48

2018 at the Fab 48 I seen a 6’3 guard that was outstanding from Iowa. Fast forward to the fall of 2019. DJ Carton was playing for the University of Ohio State where he was averaging 10.4 points and 3.0 assists in the 20 games he played in. But on Jan. 30, he tweeted that his mental health wasn’t quite right and he needed some time away from basketball.

Depression and suicide is a huge problem in this country right now. More than 50,000 people died of suicide last year, and nearly 70 percent of those were men. It’s the second-leading cause of death among young people.

DJ AT Ohio State

On a good note, DJ Carton has return to basketball at the University of Marquette where he’s performing well! The question becomes from a mental standpoint “ Are We Succeeding or Just Surviving”

Let’s see what Caroline Leaf says from her book entitled Think Learn Succeed:

Today, most people can access vast amounts of information, yet few people know how to process this information and use it to be successful at school, work, and life. There is an ever increasing gap between the “what” (information) and the “how” (The management of information). Our ability to process and understand information has been both encouraged and challenged by the technological revolution.

We now have the world at our fingertips, yet, paradoxically, more and more of us live solitary, futile lives. As a result, problems in school, universities, corporations, institutions, and personal lives abound as we lose sight of the power of mindsets, how to think, and how to learn. This is a global “mental health” issue!

Sports is only a small portion of our young people lives and we must help them to understand that Mental Self-Care is extremely important!

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