2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Mental Health in Sports: The Next Barrier to Break?

Sunday, March 13
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Four Seasons
Ballroom CD
98 San Jacinto Blvd

Professional and collegiate athletes are expected to be in peak physical condition throughout their careers — but when discussing the health of athletes, mental health rarely enters the conversation. Stigma around seeking treatment isn’t exclusive to athletes, but for people whose lives and careers are managed by coaches and trainers with little experience around mental health or mental illness, the barriers that make seeking treatment difficult can be especially intense. This panel will talk with NFLPA executive Bahai Van Pelt about his organization’s work to help provide support for players transitioning to life after football; former Tennessee Titans linebacker Gerald McRath about his own experience with getting help; and former University of Michigan swimmer and mental health activist Kally Fayhee about her work to end the stigma athletes face around seeking treatment. 

Hashtags: #sxsw #SXsports


Bahati VanPelt

Exec Dir

The Trust, powered by the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA)

Dan Solomon


Texas Monthly

Gerald McRath at SXSW

Gerald McRath

Former NFL Player

At the age of 29 Former Linebacker of the Tennessee Titans seeks to set out on a new journey to dedicating his life to mentoring and coaching the youth of America. As Gerald has made his transition...

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Kally Fayhee

Business Dev Mgr

VSA Partners


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