College Sports Offers Opportunity to Educate About and Address Mental Health Problems

Caroline Silby, a sports psychologist who has worked with Olympic gold medalists and world champions—and understands the rigors of sport, having competed in figure skating at the U.S. Olympic Trials ahead of Sarajevo 1984—urges caution about how difficult mental health issues can be to solve. Even determining those who are most at risk for depression doesn’t equate to resolving the problem.

“Let’s say you’re collecting data on an athlete and you find out the athlete is suicidal,” Silby says. “Now what do you do?”

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