GW Men's Soccer vehemently fights 'no pain, no gain' mentality with LEAD, Inc
By: Let's Empower, Advocate, and Do! Inc.
LEAD's 2.5 Hour TeamMHC will teach the GW Men's Soccer team how to identify warning signs and symptoms for suicidal ideation and panic attacks, how to understand stress and performance anxiety as an athlete, and how to connect peers to appropriate professional, team-based, and self-help resources.
The GW Men's Soccer Head Coach, Craig Jones, says, "We, as educators, can play a huge role in breaking down the barriers and stigma that may have previously been associated with mental illnesses. I have been passionate about this topic for many years and it's finally coming to the forefront on campuses around the country and certainly within the sporting arena which is a huge positive when raising awareness in our communities."
TeamMHC is the nation's first mental health certification designed to empower student-athletes and promote mentally-healthy sports teams. Let's Empower, Advocate, and Do, Inc. (LEAD) - a national social enterprise and the industry leader in mental health education - was co-founded in 2012 by GW alumna Kyrah Altman after winning seed funding in the GW New Venture Competition.
According to the NCCA Mind, Body, and Sport report in 2014, student-athletes are less likely to report having received psychological or mental health services from a variety of providers, including counselors and psychiatrists. Furthermore, student-athlete status was a negative predictor for anxiety and depression. Shockingly, roughly 32% of NCAA male athletes and 49% of NCAA female athletes, report feeling anxiety, while 21% of male athletes and 27% of female athletes report feeling depression.
By taking an athlete-centered, proactive, and long-term-development approach to mental and physical health, the GW Men's Soccer team is confident it will develop young men who are both LEADers on and off the field.
If you would like more information about LEAD's TeamMHC, please visit https://www.leadnow.org/
Kyrah Altman, Let's Empower, Advocate, and Do!, Inc.