NEAC Student-Athletes Take The Pledge To #BreakTheStigma in PSA video

NEAC Student-Athletes Take The Pledge To #BreakTheStigma in PSA video

LATHAM, N.Y. – Student-athletes of the Northeastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) have taken the pledge to break the stigma surrounding mental health by offering their support in creating a special #BreakTheStigma public service announcement as part of the NCAA Division III’s National SAAC mental health wellness campaign. 

Below is the PSA created through the advocacy of various NEAC student-athletes who have supported the cause. 

Special thanks to Gallaudet University baseball senior Jaylen Chaney, Penn College softball sophomore Gillian Sinnott, Penn State Abington tennis senior Michael Litz, Penn State Berks basketball junior Abbie Carr, Penn College soccer sophomore Alex Cassada, Penn State Abington softball sophomore MK Smith, Penn State Harrisburg soccer junior Shammah Gahomera, Penn College soccer freshman Sloan Tressler, Penn State Berks baseball junior Pat Maloney, Penn State Berks soccer and basketball sophomore Emily Clapper, Penn College basketball junior Jesse White, Penn State Berks softball junior Ashley Berry, Morrisville State lacrosse sophomore Sydney O’Dell and Penn College soccer junior Ashley Donat for their support in sending in videos for the cause.   

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: www.neacsports.com.