Get Support

Asking for help with anything can be difficult, especially when you’re dealing with a mental health issue. As athletes, we’re often taught to “tough it out” or “suck it up.” When we’re dealing with a little discomfort, that can work.  When we’re dealing with a medical condition like depression or anxiety, toughing it out does NOT help us to get better.  The good news is that help is available.

This section will discuss getting help from the people in your life, such as a coach, parent, or friend.  We will also talk about the idea of your ‘support team,’ and why it’s important that YOU get to choose who is on it. We will also discuss possible approaches and considerations that could be helpful when deciding who is on your team.


During the summer of 2018, Athletes Connected partnered with IN-Power Performance to facilitate restorative yoga sessions for student-athletes. These sessions are intended to relax student-athletes and alleviate stress. These sessions, led by athletic department staff, are continuing in fall 2018.

The yoga sessions last no longer than an hour and will take place in Cliff Keen Arena on alternating Wednesdays (8 p.m.). U-M student-athletes should check their emails and text messages for the RSVP links (space is limited). Contact us by email with your questions and feedback!

Fall 2018 Yoga Sessions Schedule
October 3
October 17
October 31
November 14
December 5*
* This session is being held a week later than usual because of the Thanksgiving break pushing back the wellness group to Nov. 28


Mental fitness and wellness groups are run by clinical social workers, which allows student-athletes to connect with other athletes in a supportive way. The one-hour groups are held every other Wednesday at 8 p.m.. They take place in the Ray Fisher Baseball Stadium classroom. No pre-registration is required and refreshments will be served!

Drop-in wellness groups where U-M student-athletes can learn skills to:

  • Improve sleep
  • Manage relationships
  • Build confidence
  • Learn more about themselves
  • Manage performance nerves
  • Improve self-talk
  • Find balance

Athletes Connected is a collaboration between the U-M Athletic Department, School of Public Health and Depression Center. We value your opinion as we continue to develop this program. Please feel free to contact us by email with your questions and feedback!

Fall 2018 Group Sessions Schedule
October 10
October 24
November 7
November 28*
* This session is being held a week later because the Thanksgiving break. This will push the restorative yoga session back one week to Dec. 5


Academic institutions often have a counseling center on campus. Counseling center staff may also be able to help you connect with other mental health resources in the area.  It is helpful to identify these resources early, as sometimes there can be a wait time for an appointment. Even so, don’t be discouraged or let your search for help end there. Click here to find resources in your area, as well as immediate help.

Ask about ways to supplement your clinical care during the time in between appointments. There are many ways to manage your mental health, from apps and websites, to self-help books, journaling, meditation, exercise, and so on. 


Performance Psychology Center

The U-M Athletic Department is committed to the health and well-being of its student-athletes. The Performance Psychology Center (PPC) offers services included, but not limited to, prevention, performance, and clinical care. Student-athletes can schedule an appointment by email or call (734)-647-9656.

Michigan is proud to have three full-time staff members to meet the needs of its student-athletes:

GREG HARDEN | Executive Associate AD & Director of Athletic Counseling

Harden is in his 17th year as the Director of Athletic Counseling and his sixth year as Executive Associate Athletic Director. Harden has been affiliated with the U-M Athletic Department since 1986 when he began working with the department as a staff consultant and student-athlete personal development program counselor.

He has been instrumental in aiding the athletic department in the design and implementation of the student and staff development strategies. Harden’s collaborative style and efforts have helped to strengthen the athletic department’s connection with the larger university community.

ABIGAIL EILER | Athletic Counselor

Abigail is a licensed clinical social worker and educator with more than 10 years of experience working in tribal and non-tribal communities across the United States and Canada. She has been a LEO Lecturer in the University of Michigan School of Social Work since 2014, where she teaches various interpersonal practice courses to MSW and PhD students enrolled in the school’s program. She also holds an appointment as a licensed clinical social worker in the Athletic Department and is helping train social workers as Michigan Medicine rolls out Behavioral Health Collaborative Care in Ambulatory Care. Abigail has been a field instructor for MSW and PhD interns from University of Michigan School of Social Work since 2010 and continue to promote the use of evidence-based practices across the life course.

She is the President for the National Association of Social Workers – Michigan Chapter Board of Directors. She has supported over $8 milloin in research efforts over the past seven years with emphasis on improving mental health screening and services for youth ages 10-24.

EMILY KLUEH | Program Coordinator and Athletic Counselor

Emily is a clinical athletic counselor for the U-M athletic department’s Performance Psychology Center. She provides direct clinical care to student-athletes, consults with coaches, conducts team presentations, creates educational programming and works interactively with support staff.

A native of Kentucky, Klueh was an elite swimmer, winning an NCAA championship, being named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year and competing professionally until 2016, while also representing USA Swimming. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan. For Athletes Connected, Emily is a program coordinator.



U-M Psychiatric Emergency Services: (734) 936-5900 (24 hours)
Counseling & Psychological Services: (734) 764-8312 (Business Hours) | Counselor-on-Duty
Counseling & Psychological Services: (734) 764-8312 (After Hours) | Professional Consultation Available



  • Campus Mind Works
    • The Campus Mind Works website was created to support the mental health of University of Michigan students. This site provides quick access to all support services on campus through a searchable database, and includes information to help students manage their mental health while in college.
  • Academic Support Services
    • The University of Michigan offers a variety of academic support services to help you succeed academically. This website is designed to help you learn about the wide range of services on campus.
  • MiTalk
    • MiTalk is a website created by Counseling & Psychological Services for University of Michigan students. This site includes online screenings for depression and anxiety, skill-building tools for stress management and academic skills, as well as digitally recorded lectures, events, and workshops, and downloadable videos.



  • Call 911
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “Start” to 741-741


  • Active Minds, Inc.
  • American Association of Suicidology
  • American Foundation of Suicide Prevention
  • National Network of Depression Centers
  • Step UP!
  • Suicide Prevention Resource Center
  • ULifeline