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 fall/winter 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.
Issue #13: April 2021
Topics Covered: April’s issue of the Athletes Connected newsletter shares original stories from Adaptive Sports, Big Ten Wellness Cabinet at DOCC, therapists as well as Seasonal Affective Disorder, while also sharing stories from around the athlete mental health world.
Issue #13: August 2021
Topics Covered: Members of Athletes Connected provide context to the mental health battles of Simone Biles, others; Original stories from Athletes Connected, news across the country and how other pro athletes share their mental health journeys.
Next Issue: Fall/Winter 2021