Increased Access to Mental Health Resources for Student-Athletes

Increased Access to Mental Health Resources for Student-Athletes

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CUW Student Athlete Mental Wellness started this petition to CUW Administration

We, the Student-Athlete Mental Health Taskforce, are extremely concerned about Concordia University Wisconsin’s recent decisions to reduce mental health services on campus. These decisions not only result in fewer mental health resources for student-athletes, but also increase roadblocks to accessing services for all students. We believe these decisions go directly against NCAA Mental Health Best Practices and current research, and students have been given no voice in these decisions. We desire clarification about the University’s plan to continue to support the well-being of student-athletes. 

Below are statements we verify to be accurate: 

Mental health is an essential aspect of student-athlete success at CUW.

Mental health support and resources are consistent with the CUW mission statement of developing students’ in Mind, Body, & Spirit.

Easy access to mental health resources is of the utmost importance to student-athletes given the extra burdens in their schedules.

Research shows ongoing trends that suggest 18-24 year olds have increasing levels of mental health concern, and a majority of students report clinically significant mental distress over the past year. Therefore, a clear plan to increase resources and access to those resources is necessary. 

Student-athletes are less likely to seek support than their non-athlete counterparts, and active work needs to be done to create and cultivate a supportive environment for student-athlete mental health. Having a mental health professional(s) committed to work with student-athletes is ideal.

Our own research with our Captain’s Training event (2/24/21) shows that student-athletes are receptive to mental health support and desire additional support. 

Our student-athlete body represents a large percentage of the diversity on campus, and reductions to mental health resources or increased boundaries in accessing resources will disproportionately affect our Black, Indigenous, Students of Color and other minority students.

NCAA best practices highlight the importance of ease of access and ongoing financial support of mental health resources specific to student-athletes.


We desire acknowledgement of these statements from our administration, and clear communication regarding the plans the University has to support student-athlete mental health.

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