Published: Sep. 26, 2022 at 9:35 AM EDT

College Football Mental Health Week kicks off October 1 week of education & action

NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Hilinski's Hope Foundation (H3H), founded by Mark and Kym Hilinski to honor the legacy of their son Tyler, today announced that 115+ schools around the country will be participating in the third annual College Football Mental Health Week. The week will focus on a series of mental health initiatives, beginning October 1, which will honor Tyler, those lost, and those suffering, and will culminate on October 8.

Hilinski's Hope College Football Mental Health Week 2022
Hilinski's Hope College Football Mental Health Week 2022(PRNewswire)

"We are incredibly honored that over 115 schools nationwide will be participating in this year's mental health week to fight stigma and increase resources on campuses," said Kym Hilinski, co-founder of Hilinski's Hope. "While conversations around mental illness can be tough and at times uncomfortable, it is absolutely critical for the well-being of our student athletes. We have spoken on dozens of campuses to help encourage these conversations and share Tyler's story. We miss Tyler every day, but we are grateful to know that what we are doing is making a difference and that he would be proud of us."

Coaches and players nationwide have come together to eliminate the stigma and increase mental health resources at their universities and colleges. This week they'll participate in breaking down stigma, offering quality resources, and letting student athletes know that they care.

"The health and wellbeing of our players has always been one of our top priorities at The University of Alabama," Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban said. "We are proud to partner with Hilinski's Hope as they strive to provide practical tools to student-athletes across the country. Together, our goal is to positively affect the way mental health is viewed and treated in college athletics. Our hope is that every institution will join us in working to provide the best mental care for all student-athletes."

"Talking about your mental health takes guts," said Ryan Hilinski, QB of Northwestern University and Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team member. "It shows strength to be vulnerable, but that is what is needed to be real with your teammates, coaches, and family.  I'm proud of my family for creating College Football Mental Health Week to help all student athletes to know that they are not alone."

Participating schools have committed to at least one of the following during the week: showcasing a lime green ribbon on all players helmets with a "3" in the middle to honor Tyler Hilinski and remember those lost and those suffering in silence; encouraging students, parents, alumni, and fans to participate in showing solidarity, eliminating stigma around mental health by holding three fingers in the sky during the first play of the third quarter; playing a Hilinski's Hope PSA at the CMHW games; participating in Hilinski's Hope's: Online Mental Health Course to help reduce the stigma of seeking help for mental health concerns, and provides a new way of thinking about mental health; participating in a social media campaign;  participating in an internal assessment to evaluate how universities are following best practices in terms of mental health programs and  include talks and trainings on campus for players, coaches, and staff.

Hilinski's Hope would like to say a special thank you to our lead sponsor Amwell® and additional supporters Christie Campus Health, Lombardi Wines, Beacon Health, and Stockham Construction for helping us make College Football Mental Health Week possible.

To learn more and/or get involved with Hilinski's Hope Foundation please visit https://www.hilinskishope.org/cfb-mental-health-week.

To date schools from around the country are participating including:

  • Arizona State University
  • Auburn University
  • Baylor University
  • Bemidji State University
  • Benedict College
  • Berry College
  • Boise State University
  • Boston College
  • Brigham Young University
  • Brookdale Community College
  • California Baptist University (WAC)
  • California State University, Bakersfield (WAC)
  • Carroll College
  • Central College
  • Chicago State University (WAC)
  • Claremont Mudd Scripps Colleges
  • Clemson University
  • Concordia University Chicago
  • Cornell University
  • Davidson College
  • Drake University
  • Duquesne University
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida State University
  • Gardner-Webb University
  • George Fox University
  • George Mason University
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Grand Canyon University (WAC)
  • Henderson State University
  • Idaho State University
  • Illinois State University
  • Indiana University
  • James Madison University
  • Kansas State University
  • Lamar University
  • Lehigh University
  • Liberty University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Marist College
  • Mercyhurst University
  • Middlebury College
  • Mississippi College
  • Mississippi State University
  • Missouri State University
  • Mt San Antonio College
  • New Mexico State University (WAC)
  • North Carolina State University
  • North Dakota State University
  • North Greenville University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Oregon State University
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
  • Sacramento State University
  • Saint Xavier University
  • Seattle University (WAC)
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Southern University and A&M College
  • Stanford University
  • Stetson University
  • Stevenson University
  • Stony Brook University
  • Tarleton State University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Tech University
  • Thiel College
  • Tufts University Football
  • University at Buffalo
  • University of Akron
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Detroit, Mercy
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • University of Miami
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City (WAC)
  • University of Montana Western
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Redlands
  • University of Richmond
  • University of San Diego
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of South Carolina, Beaufort
  • University of South Dakota
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (WAC)
  • University of Tulsa
  • University of Utah
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wyoming
  • Utah State University
  • Utah Valley University (WAC)
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Washington State University
  • West Virginia University
  • Western Carolina University
  • Whitworth University
  • William Penn University
About Hilinski's Hope:

H3H helps colleges and universities save lives, eliminate stigma, and scale mental wellness programs for student athletes. H3H does this by sharing Tyler's story, connecting students with mental health resources, and assisting universities to institutionalize best practices. To learn more about H3H please visit www.hilinskishope.org

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