“”If you had a torn ACL, you wouldn’t hide it from people,” said Trish Meyer, outreach coordinator for Michigan’s Depression Center. “You’d be forced to get treatment for it. It should be the same with your mental health. That culture of toughness, in a way, is especially challenging for student-athletes.””
I’m glad Michigan is doing this. It’s easy for us to look at student athletes and only really ever see them as players. We judge them based on what they do on the field without thinking about the kid that is behind that. Those kids are no different than other kids, and the rates of depression and mental health issues are going to be the same as well. They deserve the same treatment and understanding as physical injuries.