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Athletes and Mental Health: The Hidden Opponent

June 2, 2017

Victoria Garrick is a rising Junior libero for the USC Women’s Indoor Volleyball team. Both freshman and sophomore year, Victoria started and played in every match for the Women of Troy, who won the Pac-12 Championship in 2015. During a difficult freshman year, learning how to be a Division I athlete as well a Dean’s List student, she dealt with situational depression, anxiety, and a binge-eating disorder. By seeing a sports psychologist at USC every week, Victoria was able to learn how to manage her mental health issues, as well as regain normal eating habits. However, she is very concerned about other athletes like her who do not have the confidence to seek help, or learn how to manage their chaotic lives. One of Victoria’s missions in her final two years of college is to help others by sharing her experience.

SONGs of HOPE

Music that will get you through the tough times.

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"DAYLIGHT"

Shinedown

This is our NEW GOALIES MATTER Anthem.  Shinedown songwriter, Brent Smith explained the song... "It's an epiphany. It's a light bulb. It's a reminder that we must learn to live with one another and that should be celebrated, and not just tolerated."  "I believe that human beings are inherently good and that we inherently want to take care of each other," he concludes. "I just don't want people to lose their empathy towards each other. If you see someone on their knees, don't walk past them… pick them up."

"LIfetime"

Three Days Grace

This song really hits home when it comes grieving over a loss of someone, whether it by a natural disaster, or worse through suicide. Think of the words as you listen and remember the ones you lost.

1-800-273-8255 (suicide hotline)

Logic ft. DJ Khalid and Alessia Cara

The artist explained, “Music can be a beneficial outlet for youth across communities who are struggling with their mental health as it provides them with an opportunity to process overwhelming emotions as well as communicate how they’re feeling through safe and creative expression,” Doreen Marshall, Ph.D., vice president of mission engagement at the American Foundation for Suicide. Prevention, told Psych Central." Since the song debuted The song, whose title is the phone number for the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, resulted in a significant increase in the number of calls to the hotline and an estimated reduction in deaths by suicide after its initial release in 2017, according to a study published in The BMJ.

Articles and Stories

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The toll that perfectionism has taken on students like Katie Meyer, and my son

By Debby Waldman, family, lifestyle and health writer

As a society, we revere and reward perfection. We need to let up on the gas pedal of pressure to perform.

Binghamton Graduate Student Goalie Robert Martin Dies by Suicide

MON APR 4 2022 | MATT DASILVA | COLLEGE

Robert Martin, a graduate student at Binghamton and fifth-year goalie for the the Bearcats’ men’s lacrosse team, died by suicide Friday, the Syracuse Post-Standard reported over the weekend.

How JMU catcher Lauren Bernett's death rocked college softball and pushed it to action on mental health

Jenni Carlson -Oklahoman

Less than 24 hours before her team’s biggest series of the season began, Patty Gasso retreated to a quiet room at her house and clicked open a Zoom link.

She wasn’t talking strategy with assistants or watching film of opponents.

She was serving as a panelist on mental health in athletics.

University of Wisconsin track star Sarah Shulze dies at 21

By Chantal Da Silva - NBC News

Shulze's family said the athlete died by suicide after "balancing athletics, academics and the demands of every day life overwhelmed her in a single, desperate moment.”

‘We’re taught to push through pain’: College athletes on the mental health crisis

By Meghan Holohan - NBC News

In recent months, several college athletes across the U.S. have died by suicide, prompting concerns about a mental health crisis in collegiate sports. Here’s what athletes are saying.

Lyndsey Muñoz: 'We Keep Going'

Lyndsey Munoz  - Goalies Matter Co-Founder; George Mason WLax Assistant Coach

Lyndsey has not only been a respectable resource for the goalie community but over the years has become a real friend of mine.  Please read her story regarding her mental health journey.

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Books

Books that help with Mental Health

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Thinking Inside the Crease

Chris Buck

"Thinking Inside the Crease" is a guide for lacrosse goalies to learn how to dominate in the cage psychologically. Playing goalie is 100% physical as well as 100% mental. The competition in high school and college has gotten so stiff that the best goalies must have the mental game to back up their technique. Chris Buck, a coach and sport psychology consultant, has worked with hundreds of goalies from youth to the MLL over the past twenty years, helping them with their technique but realized the best goalies in the world are the ones with the best mental game as well. The strategies inside this book are utilized by the best in the sport and now they are passed down to the next generation of goalies. From MLL to high school, the goalies who have followed Coach Buck's process have gone on to play at the highest level. Go to www.thinkinginsidethecrease.com for more drills and information.

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Mindfulness for Student Athletes: A Workbook to Help Teens Reduce Stress and Enhance Performance

Gina M. Biegel and Todd Corbin

f you’re like many other high school or college students, you probably feel pressure to perform at a high level—both in the classroom and on the field. Unfortunately, this pressure can cause lots of stress and anxiety. To make matters worse, you may find it difficult to effectively manage all of these demands on your time, energy, and health. This is where mindfulness can help.
Mindfulness allows you to stay present, focus, and be calm with your thoughts and emotions, no matter how stressful life gets. In Mindfulness for Student Athletes, you’ll find practical and tactical ways to cope with stress and anxiety in the moment, prevent stress in the future, and experience more satisfaction and enjoyment while playing sports. You’ll also find proven-effective tools to naturally enhance your performance.
The mindfulness skills outlined in this workbook will not only help you on the field—but in life as well. You’ll be able to take what you’ve learned and apply it to any situation, from job interviews to scoring a touchdown. What a gift to have!

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The Caring Warrior: Awaken Your Power To Lead, Influence, and Inspire

T.J. Jones

STRENGTH. COURAGE. TRUTH. We live busy and distracted lives. We struggle to maintain our strength and identity in the midst of constant challenge and rapid change. Because life often feels more like a fight than the gift it is, we seek the courage to persevere and find fulfillment. In The Caring Warrior, TJ Jones reminds you that your greatest weapon in this fight is CARING. A Caring Warrior chooses to wake up to his or her true self, chooses to lead others by giving, and chooses to inspire organizations and the world by sharing. It takes courage to fight on the battlefields of life: the internal (self), the tribal (our teams), and the cultural (organizations). TJ shares his own personal struggles and triumph over burnout and negativity. He provides you with weapons and tactics. With practical wisdom, he shows you how to be a positive and effective leader of your teams, your organizations, and the people in your life. TJ guides • leaders seeking greater effectiveness and influence; • emerging and new leaders who need direction to build engaged, heroic, and high-performance teams; • organizations committed to inspiring their people to new heights of fulfillment and achievement; • and YOU―a warrior who wants to fight for your greatest potential. Pick up your sword and gather your troops . . . because there is a Caring Warrior in each of us. And, WE NEED YOU.

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4 Simple Steps TO RECOGNIZE DEPRESSION AND PREVENT SUICIDE

Anita Everett, MD, DFAPA,

Readers will find authentic, real-life examples and practical applications for mental health concerns using the proven methods of the Mental Health Foundation's evidence-based program, be nice.

When put into practice, there is no greater way to share your love and support with someone struggling with mental illness.



The be nice. action plan provides a concrete method for society to embrace while approaching an individual experiencing mental health concerns in an appropriate and caring way. After reading this book, you will be empowered with the knowledge to improve lives and help prevent suicide in your daily life and community.

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THE COLLEGE GOALIE TRAINING PACKS

Virtual lacrosse goalie coaching & mentoring from the top college goalies in the game!

AFTER THE COLLEGE GOALIE TRAINING PACKS:

  • Strong confidence because you've trained with the best collegiate goalies in the game

  • Pumped to BE the goalie and pumped to get out there to practice what you learned and get better

  • Know who to look up to in the goalie world and have a very strong goalie community with college experts who are ready to help you out and cheer you on

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Goalies Matter Launch

Brad's launch presentation to the 6x6 Goalie camp on July 27, 2021.

Mind, Body and Sport: The psychiatrist perspective

Many changes are taking place in our culture that influence the mental and emotional well-being of today’s student-athletes. The pressure associated with student-athletes’ daily routine can create intense emotional responses. The time, energy and effort put into developing skills in a given sport can result in imbalances in other areas of life. Developmental and environmental influences shape emotional, motor and social aspects of the brain. Eating patterns, impulse control and interpersonal relationships are also affected.

Supporting Children’s Mental Health: Tips for Parents and Educators

Tips for parents and educators to help with their children's mental health.

Building Resiliency: Helping Children Learn to Weather Tough Times

Adversity is a natural part of life. At some point, we all face difficulties, such as family problems, serious illness, a personal crisis, or a painful loss. Being resilient is important to dealing with adversities like these. While most parents hope that their children never face extreme adversity, successfully facing tough situations can actually foster growth and give children the skills to be more resilient in the future.

All or Nothing Thinking

This article describes how to overcome the "All or Nothing" model. How to get over the fact that you are perfectionist.

Signs you might be a Perfectionist

This article identifies the signs that might might make you a perfectionist rather than striving for excellence.

How Your Mental Health Reaps the Benefits of Exercise

New research shows why physical exercise is essential to mental health.
Posted March 22, 2018

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