NCAA Mental Health Resources Available Through #BreakTheStigma Campaign

NCAA Mental Health Resources Available Through #BreakTheStigma Campaign

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – As part of the #BreakTheStigma campaign, the Northeastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) is offering mental health resources for educational purposes.  

For a wide array of resources, go to for more information. 

Among the resources include an interactive educational modules for student-athletes, coaches and faculty athletic representatives that help promote mental wellness, best practices, an interdisciplinary team planner, a workshop planning kit, and a collection of chapters from experts in the field that combined with first-person stories are designed to help student-athletes. 

Fact sheets are listed for specific information on anxiety awareness, depression awareness, eating disorders, risk of suicide, why your words matter, a sport psychologist fact sheet, a mental health referral decision tree worksheet and a mental health campus wide assessment check list for support. 

There are also additional handbooks available from the NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook and a strategic primer on a college student’s mental health. 

Below is a video discussing a student-athlete’s mental health perspective to help all audiences in understanding the importance of supporting a student-athlete’s mental wellness.  

About the #BreakTheStigma campaign

The NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is standing up and stepping forward to break the stigma surrounding mental health struggles.

The organization is excited to announce its inaugural 2020 Mental Health Social Media Campaign from Monday May 4 through Thursday, May 7. This campaign is a platform for student-athletes, administrators, coaches, staff, and support networks across the country to start the discussion, speak out on, and break the stigma surrounding mental health.

The goal of this campaign is to use social media to create a dialogue on mental health and to communicate the benefits of normalizing mental health awareness.  The campaign is requesting that people feature personal definitions of what breaking the stigma of mental health means to them.  While breaking the stigma can mean different things to people, each definition is valid.

Share your thoughts and be sure to use the hashtag #BreakTheStigma. 

Check out the campaign’s webpage and participate during May 4-7.

Schedule of release for the NEAC’s #BreaktheStigma campaign

May 4: NCAA Division III National Student-Athlete Advisory video

May 5: Self-care practices on tips for boosting your mental health

May 6: Mental Health Educational Resources and success stories to share

May 7: Public Service Announcement video from NEAC student-athletes

The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Morrisville State, Penn College, Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks, Penn State Harrisburg, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Poly, and Wells College. Associate members are: Alfred State (M Lacrosse), Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), College of Saint Elizabeth (M Tennis & M Volleyball), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), SUNY Potsdam (M Volleyball) and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has also partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and women’s tennis. For more information, please visit: