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Michigan Research Project on Athletes’ Mental Health

In a story broadcast on WDIV-TV Detroit, Mr. Will Heininger, a former U-M football player shares his battle with depression, and hopes to help others. Mr. Heininger is a participant in “Athletes Connected,” a program designed to raise awareness and encourage discussion about mental health issues among student-athletes at the University of Michigan.

[Photo: Dr. Daniel Eisenberg]

“One in three students experiences significant symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions; yet only about 30 percent of those students seek help, and that number drops to 10 percent for student-athletes,” says Dr. Daniel Eisenberg, associate professor, U-M School of Public Health and principal investigator for the “Athletes Connected” program which is a partnership among the U-M School of Public Health, Depression Center and Athletic Department, funded by a NCAA Innovations in Research grant.

To read the WDIV-TV story and watch the video, click here.

To read more about Dr. Eisenberg’s research and Athletes Connected, click here.