Mental Health in Sports: The Next Barrier to Break?
Sunday, March 13
12:30PM - 1:30PM
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.
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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...Show the rest
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 from retiring, to searching for purpose and a new passion. Gerald found himself overwhelmed with a load of unknown symptoms of depression.
Now aware and better equipped to recover, Gerald is ready to embarked on his new mission to bring awareness of Mental Health from his personal experiences from battling the daily effects from depression to help others.
A native of Powder Springs, Georgia, McRath had a stellar college career at the University of Southern Mississippi. He was twice named to the Conference USA first team and was the CUSA defensive player-of-the-year in 2007. Recording the fastest 40 time (4.49) of any linebacker at the 2009 NFL Combine and was drafted in the fourth round by Tennessee in the 2009 NFL Draft. Appearing in 28 total games with 12 starts in his first two seasons in the with the Titans McRath gained a reputation as a sound tackler with great leadership qualities.
Most recently Gerald finished his first year as a coach at Berry College in Rome, GA and plans to stay active in sharing his story and bring awareness on the topic of Mental Health.
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