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When student athletes struggle with mental illness

Jan 19, 2015

One in four young adults between the ages of 18-24 has a diagnosable mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health. 

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But student athletes are far less likely to seek help than non-athletes, says a 2014 study done by a group called the Healthy Minds Network, which is run by a University of Michigan professor. 

So with funding from the NCAA, the University of Michigan started a pilot program this fall to reduce the stigma around mental health for athletes.

That included videos about Michigan athletes who wrestled with depression, anxiety and eating disorders. 

The school says 90% of its 900 athletes took part, and most of those student athletes said the information they received from the program was helpful.

Attendance was still pretty low at drop-in support group meetings held after the program, according to the University of Michigan Depression Center.