Athletes Connected: Mentally Healthy at Michigan
"One in three students experiences significant symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions. Yet only about 30 percent of those students seek help, and that number drops to 10 percent for student-athletes - Daniel Eisenberg, Associate professor, U-M SPH
To address this rising concern, the U-M School of Public Health, U-M Athletic Department, and Depression Center have partnered on a grant from the NCAA to develop and evaluate a program for supporting mental health initiatives for student-athletes. Learn more about student-athlete mental health, and the Athletes Connected program.
"Man Up Man Down"
"Man Up Man Down" (MUMD) is a research program at the University of Michigan dedicated to promoting mental and physical health for adult Black men. Here, Professor Harold "Woody" Neighbors talks about where the name of the program comes from.
Evidence shows that health-related behavior change is best achieved when an individual has a strong sense of life purpose. Dr. Victor Strecher, a professor at U-M SPH, has been exploring ways to both help individuals find greater purpose in their lives, and measure the health outcomes of these efforts. Learn more about Strecher's work.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Mental Health
- National Institute of Mental Health
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- MIDUS Study
- World Health Organization
- Healthy Minds Network: Research on Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health
- The Daily Pennsylvanian: Penn Athletics should follow Michigan's lead, work harder to address athletes' mental health
- NYT: Hungry, Homeless and in College: an op ed based on the Healthy Minds Study.
- Michigan Daily: Perceptions of mental health can vary based on ethnicity
- Public Radio: How the "stigma of masculinity" gets in the way for depressed men: A conversation with Professor Neighbors. (AUDIO)
- U-M News: Ethnicity impacts perceptions of mental health among black communities.
- HuffPost: White men have less stress, but are more prone to depression because of it, says U-M research.
- Findings magazine: Mental health is public health.
- Psychology Today: Investing in healthy minds
Talk to the Experts
Media: Please feel free to contact any of our experts listed on this site to discuss mental illness and its consequences, or contact media strategists Laurel Gnagey, 734-647-1841, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Terri Mellow, 734-764-8094, email@example.com.
A number of U-M SPH experts are available to talk with the media about mental health issues:
- Daniel J. Eisenberg, associate professor
Principal investigator, Student-Athlete Mental Health Project
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, (734) 615-7764
- Cleopatra Howard Caldwell, professor
Contact: email@example.com, (734) 647-3176
- Kyle Grazier, professor
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, (734)936-1222
- Neal M. Krause, professor
Contact: email@example.com, (734) 763-5583
- Harold “Woody” Neighbors, professor
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, (734) 647-6665
- Scott Roberts, associate professor
Contact: email@example.com, (734) 647-6665
- Marc A. Zimmerman, professor
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, (734) 647-0224
For SPH experts on these and many more topics, see the Experts List.