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Title

Assessing and Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Student Athletes - A Case Study of The University of Northern Iowa

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

My research concerns the mental health of collegiate level student-athletes, whomst national data suggests experienced greater stress and mental strain than non-athletes. My work sets out to confirm whether UNI’s student-athletes are also in line with this trend of higher stress levels by surveying this population, and subsequently to propose solutions for addressing the discrepancy in mental distress levels. I have been studying solutions employed by other universities, both public and private institutions and of varying enrollment size, to meet the mental health needs of their athletics population. I am using this research to consider the different forms a mental health resource could take for our athletics department. With respect to budget and scale, I will use my findings to posit a solution catered to the University of Northern Iowa's specific situation, as well as what the ideal solution would look like if we were not constrained by funding limitations.

Start Date

11-4-2022 11:00 AM

End Date

11-4-2022 11:50 AM

Faculty Advisor

Jessica Moon, Director, Scholars and Honor Programs

Faculty Advisor

Jennifer Schneiderman, Director, Counseling Center

Student Type

Undergraduate Student

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This entry was a part of the following session:

  • Date: Monday, April 11, 2022
  • Time: 11:00 to 11:50 a.m.
  • Moderator: Eric Lee

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Assessing and Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Student Athletes - A Case Study of The University of Northern Iowa

My research concerns the mental health of collegiate level student-athletes, whomst national data suggests experienced greater stress and mental strain than non-athletes. My work sets out to confirm whether UNI’s student-athletes are also in line with this trend of higher stress levels by surveying this population, and subsequently to propose solutions for addressing the discrepancy in mental distress levels. I have been studying solutions employed by other universities, both public and private institutions and of varying enrollment size, to meet the mental health needs of their athletics population. I am using this research to consider the different forms a mental health resource could take for our athletics department. With respect to budget and scale, I will use my findings to posit a solution catered to the University of Northern Iowa's specific situation, as well as what the ideal solution would look like if we were not constrained by funding limitations.