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Philp Sullivan, Jessica Murphy, and Mishka Blacker

disbelief regarding both the availability and benefits of treatment ( Jorm, 2012 ). To address this neglected area, the term Mental Health Literacy (MHL), defined as the knowledge and beliefs about mental disorders, which aid in their recognition, management or prevention, was developed ( Jorm, 2012 ). To

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Philip Sullivan and Laura Tennant

roles and be perceived as a receptive audience, particularly considering stigma concerns of student-athletes. This paper will focus on the overlooked role of student athletic therapists, and within this population, the construct of their mental health literacy (MHL). The MHL was first defined by Jorm

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Stephen P. Hebard, James E. Bissett, Emily Kroshus, Emily R. Beamon, and Aviry Reich

literacy. The integrated health literacy framework is a comprehensive conceptualization of health literacy that encompasses information being accessed, understood, appraised, and acted upon ( Sørensen et al., 2012 ). Consistent with this conceptualization, mental health literacy would not only include

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Shakiba Oftadeh-Moghadam and Paul Gorczynski

 al., 2019 ). One such strategy is mental health literacy (MHL). Here, MHL refers to an individual’s knowledge and beliefs about mental health and how they influence one’s intentions to seek support ( Jorm et al., 1997 ). MHL is a strategy committed to promoting mental health knowledge and positive attitudes

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Graig M. Chow, Matthew D. Bird, Nicole T. Gabana, Brandon T. Cooper, and Martin A. Swanbrow Becker

help. Furthermore, and highly relevant to the current study, an individual’s intention to seek help is predicted by their attitudes about seeking help, as well as barriers (e.g., stigma) and facilitators (e.g., literacy) of help-seeking. Destigmatization Interventions Mental health literacy (MHL

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Emily Kroshus, Jessica Wagner, David L. Wyrick, and Brian Hainline

services ( Kroshus, 2017 ). To engage in this role, coaches must themselves have attitudes supportive of mental health care seeking. They must also have adequate mental health literacy. Sørensen et al.’s ( 2012 ) multidimensional conceptualization of health literacy means being able to identify problem

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Tom Webb, Paul Gorczynski, Shakiba Oftadeh-Moghadam, and Laura Grubb

athletes lack knowledge of mental health symptoms and disorders, and where to turn to for support. Athletes also expressed stigmatizing views toward mental health and help seeking for poor mental health ( Coyle et al., 2017 ). Put simply, elite athletes have demonstrated a lack of mental health literacy

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Matthew J Smith and Oliver R. Runswick

experiences. The sharing of these stories addresses the calls of Henriksen et al. ( 2019 ) and Gorczynski et al. ( 2019 ) to develop mental health literacy, which is a strategy that promotes “knowledge and beliefs about mental disorders which aid their recognition, management or prevention” ( Jorm et

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Lewis King, SarahJane Cullen, Jean McArdle, Adrian McGoldrick, Jennifer Pugh, Giles Warrington, and Ciara Losty

with service staff, and emotional competence ( Gulliver et al., 2012 ). Other facilitators reported include gender (e.g., female; Moreland et al., 2018 ) and education (e.g., higher levels of mental health literacy; Chow et al., 2020 ). Despite this, no previous research has examined the perceived

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Alexis Peters, Julliana Tapia, and Stephanie H. Clines

-based education and training Athletes connected: Results from a pilot project to address knowledge and attitudes about mental health among college student-athletes A program to reduce stigma toward mental illness and promote mental health literacy and help-seeking in national collegiate athletic association