Healthy Living: Discussing Athlete Mental Health
This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week, a time to educate and raise awareness.
As the Director of Athletic Performance at the University of Pennsylvania, Andrea Wieland knows that mental health is crucial for athletes and says that for everyone, it’s a big part of being a whole person.
“We’re seeing impacts on sleep and for athletes it’s going to impact their movements, their memory, their moods, the way they recover,” Weiland said. “So sleep can be affected when mental health is not doing well. Sometimes people become socially isolated or become more active. They just don’t feel like themselves.
Andrea says we want to address concerns as soon as possible. At Penn, they have training to show athletes the difference between stress, distress and crisis. Stress, being normal life situations that do not require intervention, distress meaning a prolonged and persistent feeling and crisis, where treatment is needed – situations where a person can pose a threat to their own safety or that from someone else.