ODAC uses social media campaign to help 'break the stigma' around mental health and sports

Published: May. 8, 2020 at 6:24 PM EDT
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For many athletes across all levels of competition, the past two months have brought changes that haven't been easy to handle.

"To have your identity basically taken away from you, to have your number one coping strategy taken away from you, is incredibly challenging," said Tara Nunley, the clinical director of counseling services at the University of Lynchburg. "To have it taken away so abruptly--spring sports had already started--first and foremost, just understand that feelings of anxiety and depression and even grief are very, very normal."

Nunley is helping contribute to the ODAC's mental health social media campaign, which gives student-athletes around the conference a chance to help break the stigma surrounding the topic by sharing their personal stories.