Student athletes are under pressure to perform in the classroom and on the playing field. The problem is that while services have been available to meet their physical needs there hasn’t been services available to meet their mental needs. Researchers have demonstrated that mental health problems are a rising concern in college student athletes and that the effects of those mental health problems are severe. The purpose of this study was to examine the underlying beliefs about students’ mental health and engagement with school students and staff. The sample population consisted of student athletes at Truett McConnell University. An eight question survey was administered to 40 participants. The results showed that 77.5% of student-athletes at Truett-McConnell University are experiencing mental health issues to some extent. The results from the t-test showed that there were no significant differences between female and male participants across all dependent variables of mental health, communication, services, stress and scriptures.
Keywords: Mental health, counselors, college students, survey study
Sarah Hartshorn is a student in the Leonhart Schiemer School of Psychology and Biblical Counseling program. She is expected to earn a bachelors degree in Psychology 2020.