Rachel Bachman, Reporter, Wall Street Journal discussed on This Morning with Gordon Deal
It's a story by Wall Street Journal reporter, Rachel Bachman. Rachel explain well, as we know a lot of things in college athletic departments have become sort of required like, you know, fancy weight rooms and nutrition programs things like that. And increasingly one of the things that's become really compulsory for college. Athletic departments is in house, psychological services, and their number of reasons for this mainly because as as some people know nationwide more college students generally have issues like depression and anxiety, and that certainly is true for college athletes as well. Have the problems always been there and gone unaddressed? Or are we? Suddenly seeing new health concerns here that that's a good question. I think it's a combination of things I think that the stigma is decreasing to asking for help. So there are more college students and college athletes asking for for help with a variety of mental health issues. But also, I you know, and the causes are debated. I think that there are more problems. You know, it's a it's a fairly stressful world, we live in there some discussion about other contributing factors. But an addition to that college athletes, of course, are dealing with the stresses of college while also under the spotlight of in some cases, you know, a large national TV audience. And so that can certainly weigh more heavily both in dealing with the issues from day to day and also in seeking help for them. Are there are some schools that appear to be out in front on this? Yeah. Well, university of southern California has had a psychologist on staff for twenty years and the staff is now several members and she said that about half of US's athletes on a regular basis, or at least in a given year have seen a psychologist one at one and that's for a range of of issues. Sometimes it's it's sports performance. You know, maybe they have some anxiety or some feelings during a game are contests that they want some help dealing with and other cases, it's dealing with the stresses of being an athlete or or just, you know, stresses of life. And yet other cases, you know, there are some student athletes. Just like there are college students with serious mental health issues suicidal thoughts things like that. And and certainly those apartments wanna address immediately. We're speaking with Wall Street Journal sports reporter, Rachel Bachman. Her piece is called college sports newest need psychologists are you referenced Southern Cal having one on staff or twenty years, which made me think. Okay. You've got one on staff. Does that mean that they're accessible helpful beneficial? Yeah. I think that's that's another battle that you're talking about in terms of getting athletes to ask for help and to to come and see psychologists university of Oklahoma did something interesting just recently. They added another office for their department of psychology within the department that was close to the trainers trainers. Where people go to get their ankle taped things like that. And the reason they did. Did that is so that athletes wouldn't feel like they were standing out by going? You know, maybe another building to see to see a counselor. Could just walk down the hall like they were gonna get their ankles taped. But but go into another room and see a counselor instead of you know, seeking kind of a regular physical medical treatment. So there are things that some schools are doing to to make it easier for athletes to to ask for help. And to to see a counselor regularly without being conspicuous. You referenced the one student athlete in your story who I want up getting help sort of indirectly and then directly, right? He was texting his his friend or his girlfriend who was sitting like right next to him on the couch, and he couldn't express this feeling. So he's just texting her, and she was the one who sort of said, let's do something right? Yeah. That's right. That was a former cross country runner at Indiana University who had a lot of injury issues. And and, you know, really stressful things go on as life and started to feel suicidal thoughts. And so he he confided in his girlfriend as you said via text message sitting next to her on the couch because it was so difficult. To voice those words, and she encouraged him to get professional help as it turned out, Indiana. This is a couple of years ago had just hired a psychologist within the athletic department to deal with just issues. It's Rachel Wall Street Journal reporter, Rachel Bachman. It is twelve minutes now in front of the hour on This Morning, America's.