Gophers will hold a Mental Health Awareness Day tomorrow

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Baseball | 22/04/2022 13:04:00

MINNEAPOLIS– The University of Minnesota baseball team will host a mental health awareness game when they host Penn State at Siebert Field for a game at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 23.

In-game promotions and activities include:
-In-game videos that will focus on destigmatizing mental health.
-‘Starting Lineup’ of mental health professionals at UofM who will be introduced and recognized before the game.
– Trivial questions about mental health and information on the video board between rounds.
-Scannable QR codes displayed in the stadium lobby with information and resources for coping with stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.
– Information booths around the lobby manned by mental health professionals who will answer questions and provide resources to fans with questions or concerns.

The Gophers will also wear green ribbons on their uniforms, as green is the color of mental health awareness.

Gophers Head Coach John Anderson is an advocate for mental health awareness and hopes to spread the word about how crucial mental health is in our world.

“First and foremost, we want to create some awareness around the mental health challenges people face in their daily lives,” Anderson said. “Especially with the prevalence of social media in today’s society, everyone is constantly comparing themselves to each other. With where we are coming out of the pandemic now, we want to make sure we promote the importance of mental health through our baseball program.

Junior red shirt Noah Berghammer has been one of the most outspoken members of the mental health team and looks forward to Saturday’s festivities.

“When I think of Gopher Baseball having a Mental Health Awareness Day, it makes me excited because I think it’s a topic that can be underappreciated, especially in the sports community. Taking care of your Mental health is everything, and for those struggling, it’s important to know that you’re not alone and that there are plenty of resources and people here on campus to talk to.”

University of Minnesota support staff starting lineup for Saturday’s game:

  1. Dr. Carly Anderson: Director of Sports Psychology Services at the University of Minnesota
  2. Dr Ashley Zapata: University of Minnesota Sports Psychologist
  3. Dr. Adam Gallenberg: Licensed psychologist and one of UdeM’s on-campus sport psychology providers
  4. Dr Erin Ayala: Licensed Psychologist and Director of Psychological Assessment and Testing for the Department of Sports Medicine at the University of Minnesota.
  5. Erin Moore: Head Athletic Coach for Gopher Women’s Hockey
  6. Mattie Jankowski: Minnesota Sports Nutrition Team – Eating Disorder Specialist
  7. Peyton N. Owens, III: Senior Associate Athletic Director/Athletic Administrator

How to get help:

University of Minnesota students are encouraged to contact Boynton Health or contact Student Counseling Services. For after-hours assistance, call 612-301-4673 or text “UMN” to 61222

Community members are encouraged to contact suicidepreventionlifeline.org or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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