This idea was launched through the Saint Michael's College Athletic Department and the College's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in September of 2015. Our intent is to work with our student-athletes to help destigmatize mental health issues that are prominent in athletics, due to the expected "toughness" each student-athlete feels the need to show to not let their teammates down.
We work directly with our Athletics Department and campus Counseling Services, amongst others, to set our student-athletes up with proper services they need to assure they are excelling at their full potential in the classroom and on the playing field.
The below poster hangs in every team's locker room, as well as in all weight rooms and athletic facilities on campus to remind our student-athletes of available resources they can utilize, as well as ways to take care of themselves:
At Hope Happens Here, our main intent is to promote awareness through education and "starting the conversation". While we take a lot of pride in our fundraising efforts, we believe the most crucial step to take in breaking the stigma that surrounds mental health is educating our peers with statistics and helpful tips in dealing with their own mental health or the mental health of others. We stress that we are not therapy, nor do we have the qualifications to be therapists, and instead act as mediators in connecting people with proper resources and promoting healthy ways of life.