University student-athletes are equally vulnerable to mental health challenges compared to their non-athlete peers, but they access mental health services with less frequency. This study sought to explore the mental health issues experienced by Canadian student-athletes in order to address the question: how can Canadian universities better meet the mental health needs of student-athletes? An electronic survey was distributed to student-athletes at a large Canadian university. Data from 113 respondents were analyzed using descriptive statistics and content analysis. Stress and pressure were reported as the most prevalent contributors to mental health issues, and 47% of respondents indicated that there was a time in which they wanted to seek services for their mental health, but chose not to. Respondents identified mental health education for coaches and designating a healthcare professional within the athletic department as beneficial resources. Findings from this study can inform local and national mental health service planning for student-athletes.
Sara L. Giovannetti, Jessica R.G. Robertson, Heather L. Colquhoun and Cindy K. Malachowski
Jenny H. Conviser, Amanda Schlitzer Tierney and Riley Nickols
-Borgen & Torstveit, 2004 ), with some rates of EDs among athletes appear to be increasing ( Chatterton & Petrie, 2013 ). Eating disorders are substantially different from more common eating-related and body-related frustrations and, once established, do not remit without professional treatment. Timely access to care
Bradley Donohue, Marina Galante, Julia Maietta, Bern Lee, Nina Paul, Joanne E. Perry, Arianna Corey and Daniel N. Allen
pursue mental health services at significantly lower rates than non-athlete peers for various reasons, including perceived stigma, negative attitudes towards help seeking, scheduling difficulties, poor access to care, reduced playing time, drive to succeed in sport, financial barriers, and negative
Matthew D. Bird, Graig M. Chow, Gily Meir and Jaison Freeman
health practitioners who provide counseling services via the internet chose to do so. Results from their study indicate that this group of professionals thought OC allowed for more flexibility between client and patient. Along with convenience, OC can improve clients’ access to care ( Sampson, Kolodinsky