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The Minot State University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has composed a panel on mental health to be held Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at the Aleshire Theater, located in Hartnett Hall.

The event was created to start a conversation, which is uncomfortable for most, about student-athletes and mental health so that the athlete and coach can better understand how to deal with such issues by helping athletes not only to play better, but above all, to feel Their best.

“As SAAC, we realize there is a great need for support around student-athlete mental health, and an interactive event such as the Mental Health Panel would be a great event for student-athletes to learn resources and skills to help keep up with their mental health,” said SAAC President Andrew Makarchuk.

Another main goal that SAAC wants to achieve through this event is to inform student-athletes about resources on campus and in the community.

“There are many resources on campus that student-athletes can access if they need help with their mental health, and this panel will highlight them and ways to stay on top of their mental health in their personal and sporting life. lives,” said Makarchuk.

Zoya Robbins, a senior on the MSU softball team, is one of the SAAC members who helped turn the idea into reality. She will talk about her experiences with mental health, along with another student-athlete, before a question-and-answer session with the panelists.

“I believe this will help student-athletes be more vulnerable and less afraid to find tools to help them with their mental health. This panel will provide so many perspectives on mental health that will only benefit student-athletes,” Robin said. “Student-athletes should feel more comfortable with their peers and talking about their mental health. The more we can make our MSU community feel comfortable talking about mental health, the better off we will all be for it.

Another important topic that SAAC hopes to drive across is that mental health should be considered as important as any physical injury an athlete may sustain. The stigma behind mental health, especially in college sports, is that in the majority of scenarios, the issue is addressed too late.

“I’ve experienced this stigma first hand, and that’s why I chose to speak on this topic ahead of the mental health panel. Everyone’s story is important and valuable, and I hope sharing mine will shed some light on the stigma. Everyone goes through something, and I just want people to feel comfortable talking about what they’re going through. Robin said.

In addition to the mental health panel that day, the MSU softball team will host a double-header against Minnesota State University Moorhead, beginning at 1 p.m., which will be devoted to mental health awareness games. Mental Health.

“A few teams from our conference came together to play games dedicated to mental health and end the stigma around mental health, which is kind of what inspired our team to do the same,” she says. “It will be a great segway in the mental health panel.”

The judging panel is made up of four athletic staff members and two student-athletes. They will answer questions that were submitted by student-athletes either anonymously or during the open-ended questions portion near the end.

“It’s important because students need to feel like their mental health is a priority as they navigate whatever college life throws at them,” Robin said.

“I would like to see more coaches and players willing to talk about this stuff and come up with strategies to maximize their mental health in their personal lives and help them perform athletically,” said Makarchuk.

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