- Approximately 46.6 million people are living with mental illness in the United States. That’s 1 in 5 adults who will be living with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. This does not exclude our college athletes who are at a greater risk. With young athletes the number is jaw dropping. With over 33% of college student athletes experiencing depression, anxiety, and other health conditions. Then there is the aspect of only 10% of these students will ever get help. On top of mental Health, college athletes struggle more at having a social life, making money, schooling and physically more than all professional athletes.
2.Everyone grows up hearing that College will be the best time of your life. You make friendships that are unbreakable, you do whatever you please, and party like there is no tomorrow. To student athletes, it is the exact opposite. College athletes grind everyday at all levels of collegiate sports. They risk their mental health, social life and physical health every single day. 6am wake up calls, then class at 10am, these students put more strain on themselves then professional athletes everyday.