Kevin Love, Serena Williams, Michael Phelps, DeMar DeRozan…all elite level athletes, and all have discussed their mental health in the media. As the World Health Organization (WHO;http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/2018/en/) has marked October 10 as World Mental Health Day and focused us on the importance of attending to our mental health, we want to highlight the fact that even those individuals society holds up as paragons of health and wellness experience mental health concerns. By speaking out and sharing their stories, these athletes (and others;https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/10/sport/world-mental-health-day-suicide-depression-clarke-carlisle-spt-intl/index.html) have started tear down the stigma about being an athlete with mental health concerns. They have opened the door for athletes at all levels to not feel ashamed about their struggles and distress, but rather be empowered to seek treatment so they can continue to pursue and work toward their sport goals. Mental health and psychological wellness are the foundations of performance success in all areas of life. To learn more about mental health and treatment that is available, visit the UNT Center for Sport Psychology website (www.sportpsych.unt.edu) or call us at 940-369-7767.
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