The Michigan Daily wrote a story about Athletes Connected & ACT supporting athletes during the pandemic.
By Jacob Cohen
March 12 — the day that the NCAA cancelled spring sports — was a sad day for many in Michigan athletics.
Amid the chaos of a world entering quarantine, student-athletes, teams and coaches all felt the specific pain of a sports world grinding to a halt.
We wrote articles specific to navigating the new normal of the pandemic, to creating a learning environment in this new kind of remote learning situation that most people were familiar with and an athlete guide to coping with COVID-19
Student-athletes found themselves without their sports and without their teammates, a foreign position that was as isolating as it was uncertain, leaving many with the need for new sorts of mental health and wellness support.
Athletics Counseling and Athletes Connected — a program run by Michigan athletics, Michigan School of Social Work and the Michigan Depression Center — began trying to fill that void. Athletes Connected has been working to decrease the stigma around mental health and provide mental health resources to Michigan student-athletes since 2014, but its name has become increasingly fitting since March 12 — a time in which Athletes Connected took on the challenge of keeping the community united during a time of great separation.
“We wrote articles specific to navigating the new normal of the pandemic, to creating a learning environment in this new kind of remote learning situation that most people were familiar with and an athlete guide to coping with COVID-19,” Rachel Amity, Athletes Connected program coordinator said.
With this shift to pandemic care came the expected shift to fully-virtual services, but Athletes Connected was ready. Student-athletes already have jam-packed schedules, juggling class, homework and practice. With this in mind, Athletes Connected has favored asynchronous content in the past, using short videos and written material.
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