In July 2017, Athletes Connected produced and distributed its first newsletter. This straight-to-your-mailbox message brings the latest news, trends, videos and productivity about student-athlete mental health at the University of Michigan and across the nation.
The newsletter will be released once a season with the next installment set for early 2021.
Issue #1: July 2017
Topics Covered: The re-launching of the Athletes Connected website; featured video of live after athletics; science and research on mood and mental health as it relates to academic performance; Jaimie Phelan’s dash to NCAA gold; news spotlights on the program; and support for the cause from around the country.
Issue #2: October 2017
Topics Covered: Athletes Connected celebrates the return of wellness groups on campus for U-M student-athletes; Messages of Hope on Athletic Campus; A former U-M rower shares her story; Research Update; News from around the country; and upcoming events.
Issue #3: January 2018
Topics Covered: Athletes Connected’s third newsletter features the new injury and mental health video series, Q&A series with athletic staff about mental health, as well as spotlights on other initiatives from around the country.
Issue #4: April 2018
Topics Covered: This issue features the last video in our injury and mental health series, as well as an accompanying first-person piece about career-ending injury. We also put spotlights on other initiatives from around the country and share some thought leadership pieces from the Michigan athletic community.
Issue #5: July 2018
Topics Covered: Athletes Connected introduces restorative yoga sessions; Jevon Moore is profiled by The Athletic; Stephanie Salazar earns U-M Staff Impact Award; Heininger and team are featured by The Detroit News; Clemson and Pitt spotlight mental health initiatives.
Issue #6: November 2018
Topics Covered: This issue features a new video about transition to college, a thought leadership piece about that transition and a first-person account of making choices with depression and bipolar disorder. We also recap the #SameHere Sit-Down visit along with mental health initiatives from around the country.
Issue #7: February 2019
Topics Covered: This issue features a new video about a former student-athlete who competed as a non-binary person, a self-help piece about ways to manage negative thoughts, as well as news from across the country in the student-athlete mental health space.
Issue #8: May 2019
Topics Covered: This issue features a new video about U-M Senior Executive Associate Athletic Director Greg Harden, Athletes Connected’s new initiative Life After Sports, selected Athletes Connected updates, as well as news from across the country in the student-athlete mental health space.
Issue #9: September 2019
Topics Covered: This issue features a new original piece about transitioning out of sport and creating a foundation for wellness, a new coping skills video about moving on from a negative play as well as student spotlights from across the country.
Issue #10: December 2019
Topics Covered: This issue features Athletes Connected in the news, updates from the team from the Life After Sports section, and student spotlights from Creighton, UMBC and Maryland.
Issue #11: April 2020
Topics Covered: Special COVID-19 newsletter: stories related to isolation, effective learning and other news from around the country.
Issue #12: August 2020
Topics Covered: This issue features new Athletes Connected content updates, mentions in the news, highlights from the across the country, and a Michigan goodbye to one of our key program contributors.
Issue #13: December 2020
Topics Covered: This issue is dedicated to U-M swimmer Ian Miskelley as Athletes Connected features its new program manual, a new partner, original content from the fall including helpful tips to deal with the pandemic. The newsletter also includes athlete mental health from around the sports world, too.
Next Issue: Winter/Spring 2021