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This resource library consists of articles concerning young people and good mental health. Some of the topics cover general issues that can affect the mental health of a young person and others specifically deal with issues surrounding youth suicide. Since 90% of suicides and suicide attempts are directly related to a mental health issue that has been undiagnosed, untreated or under-treated, it is important to address any mental health issue that can negatively impact a young person.

This page was designed to pull resources on a variety of subjects for your benefit.  Professional help should always be sought whenever there is a possibility of suicidal ideation. Never try to solve this type of problem without obtaining professional help.  The organization that provides the information contained within the links are listed next to the article title.

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The following links contain information about suicide.  Facts, statistics, and general information are covered on the pages below.  For more information regarding youth suicide, please see the corresponding pages on The Jason Foundation website.  Links are also included with information about suicide in student-athletes.

Suicide risk is real for student-athletes  NCAA
Suicide in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Athletes National Center for Biotechnology Information
College Athletes Are Only Starting to Get Access to the Mental Health Care They Need The Ringer
How Common are Suicides in College Athletes? Dr. David Geier
How college athletes are fighting the stigma of mental illness USA Today
Suicidal Tendencies NCAA
2015 Youth Risk Behavioral Survey Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Protective Factors  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
About Teen Suicide (For Parents) Nemours Foundation
Teen suicide editorial staff
Suicide Teen Mental Health
Suicide among youth Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Relationship Between Bullying and Suicide Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Guide for Suicide Prevention Rutgers University

Mental Health Issues

It has been estimated that 90% of the people who attempt suicide have an underlying mental health issue.  Depression is one of the leading causes of suicide attempts in our nation.  The links below will give you information regarding a plethora of mental health issues and how some of them relate to children or adolescents.  The articles listed below were written by Federal and private institutions.  Additional links are listed in regards to mental health issues specific to student-athletes.

Depression and Anxiets Prevalence in Student-Athletes NCAA
When College Athletes Face Depression The Atlantic
College Athletes May Be More Depressed Than You Think Psychology Today
The Prevalence of Mental Health in Student-Athletes Athlete Network
Mental health in the student athlete BelievePerform
Addressing Mental-health Issues in Student-Athletes National Federation of State High School Associations
Depression and Associated Negative Stressors: The Collegiate Athlete vs. Non-Athlete Tabitha A. Maurer & Dr. Joni L. Cramer Roh
Taking notice of the hidden injury ESPN
It’s Time To Break The Stigma Of Mental Health In Student Athletes Thought Catalog
Mental Health Disorders Office of Adolescent Health
Positive Mental Health: Resilience Office of Adolescent Health
Adolescent Mental Health Facts : By State Office of Adolescent Health
Adolescence Psychology Today
Teen Depression National Institute of Mental Health
Teen Depression Facts
What is teen depression?
Teen depression symptoms and signs
Warnins signs for teen depression
Teen depression complication, prognosis and prevention
Depression Teen Mental Health
Recognizing teen depression American Psychiatric Association
Mental Health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Mental Disorders Teen Mental Health
Child and Adolescent Mental Health National Institute of Mental Health
Mental Health and Teens: Watch for Danger Signs American Academy of Pediatrics
Anxiety and Depression Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Coping with Traumatic Events National Institute of Mental Health
Depression National Institute of Mental Health
Adolescents and Mental Health World Health Organization

Injuries and Mental Health

Injuries and concussions as a result of physical activity can also affect mental health well-being.  The following links will provide information on how different types of injuries can effect a young person.

Post-concussion syndrome NCAA
The terrifying link between concussions and suicide The Washington Post
Concussions Can Lead to Suicide
A Single Concussion May Triple the Long-Term Risk of Suicide Scientific American
Concussions and suicide National Center for Biotechnology Information
Concussion linked to higher risk of suicide years later CBS News
Mild Concussions Can Trigger Suicide The Baseline of Health Foundation
How being injured affects mental health NCAA
Psychological Rehab After Sports Injury Psychology Today
Spinal cord injury & mental health SANE Australia
Mental health: A cause or consequence of injury? A population-based matched cohort study National Center for Biotechnology Information
Injuries and Mental Health Undefeated Sport Psychology
Mental Health: Brain Injury & Mental Illness (Dual Diagnosis) Synapse
How to Overcome Depression After a Sports Injury U.S. News & World Report
Head injury can cause mental illness Science Nordic
Traumatic brain injuries leave women prone to mental health problems Science Daily
Childhood head injury linked to higher risk of poor adult mental health and life chances Science Daily

Substance Abuse

Alcohol and drug use, which clouds judgment, lowers inhibitions, and worsens depression, are associated with 50-67% of suicides.  Substance abuse can be a stressor on a young person which can contribute to a youth’s anxiety and unhappiness.  This may increase the likelihood of a suicide attempt.  Student-athletes are not immune to the effects of alcohol or drug abuse.  Some athletes will even resort to drugs to gain an edge over competition.

Mind, Body and Sport: Substance use and abuse NCAA
Alcohol and Other Recreational Drug Prevention NCAA
Student Athletes: Drug Abuse Affects You The University of New Mexico
Alcohol Abuse and Drug Use in Sport and Performance Oxford Research Encyclopedias
Athletes, Drugs and Entitlement Inside Higher Ed
NCAA Student-Athlete Substance Use Study: Executive Summary August 2014 NCAA
The Coach’s Playbook Against Drugs U.S. Department of Justice
Taking Action to Prevent & Adress Prescription Drug Abuse National Council on Patient Information and Education
Athletes, Scholarships, and Drug Abuse Addiction Hope
Alcohol, Tobacco, Illicit Drugs, and Performance Enhancers: A Comparison of Use by College Student Athletes and Nonathletes National Center for Biotechnology Information
Steroids and Other Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs (APEDs) National Institute on Drug Abuse
Anabolic steroids may affect future mental health Science Daily
The Mental Side Effects of Steroids Livestrong
Anabolic Steroids May Affect Future Mental Health University of Gothenburg
Anabolic Steroids and The Depression Connection American Fitness Professionals & Associates
Long-Term Psychiatric and Medical Consequences of Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Abuse National Center for Biotechnology Information
The Effects of Steroid Use

Sport Psychology/Psychiatry

The world of sport psychology/psychiatry is a relatively new field that can have a lasting impact on your team and student-athletes.  The links listed below detail these schools of thought and how they relate to your everyday sport teams.

The Psychiatrist Perspective NCAA
Why are Psychological Skills Important for Athletes? Athletics Training
Sports Psychology & Performance Enhancement Top End Sports
Importance of sports psychology in physical education and sports International Journal of Yoga, Physiotherapy, and Physical Education
International Society for Sports Psychiatry International Society for Sports Psychiatry
Sport psychiatry twenty-four years later Taylor & Francis Group
Mental Wellness in Youth Sports Program International Society for Sports Psychiatry

Effect of Team Identity

The effects of belonging to a team can strengthen the support system around a young person.  Alternatively, the loss of this perceived identity can have a major, negative impact on a person.  The following links will examine this relationship and the importance of promoting a health environment in a team atmosphere.

The Effects of Team Identity Formation and Sport Team Identification on Mental Health, Cognition, Behavior, and Physiology The influence of communication in physiology and health
Build a Positive and High-Performing Sports Team Culture Huffington Post
The Athlete Transition: Struggling with Identity After Sport Game Plan
When You Lose Your Sport, What Happens To Your Self? NPR
Mental Health Awareness: Athlete Identity and Career Retirement Swim Swam
Injured Athletes’ Perceived Loss of Identity: Educational Implications for Athletic Trainers Athletic Training Education Journal
Athletes, Injuries and Loss of Identity Go Hard Get Strong
Coping With Identity Loss: An Athlete’s Life After Sport PsychCentral
Life After Sports: Helping Your Injured Athlete Move On Your Teen Mage
Injured Ahlete in Team Sports – How to Help the Athlete Psychologically Through the Injury Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences
Positive Team Culture Starts in the Locker Room
Creating Positive Sports Environments Player Development Project
Build a Positive and High-performing Sports Team Culture Psychology Today



The relationships a young person has with their peers, parents, and coaches are vitally important to their mental well-being.  Having a strong support structure can deter suicide attempts in youth.  Healthy relationships, engagement, and connectedness are discuss in the articles that follow.

Practical Ways to Promote Your Athletic Program National Federation of State High School Associations
The Coach Athlete Relationship is a Performance Factor Athlete Assessments
Applying Humanistic Learning Theory: The “Art” of Coaching Theory into Practice
Parent/Coach Communication Guide Richardson Independent School District
6 Tips for Coaches when Communicating with Athlete’s Parents Ohio University
The coach-athlete partnership The British Psychological Society
5 important Things in a Good Coach to Athlete Relationship Swim Swam
Role of the coach in the coach-athlete relationship The Lancet
School Connectedness  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

After an Attempt

The following links contain information regarding what a person can or should do after a suicide attempt.  There are many actions and words that can be detrimental to a person who has recently attempted suicide.  It is important to be supportive of someone who has attempted suicide.  Certain people close the person who attempted may be in need of support, as well.

After an Attempt US Department of Health & Human Services
Supporting Someone After a Suicide Attempt Suicide Line
What Not to Say After An Attempt LDSLiving
Providing Support After a Suicide Attempt Beyond Blue

Grief and Loss

It is normal for suicide survivors to experience grief and loss after the death of a loved one.  There are many forms of grief and people cope differently.  The links below provide information for a myriad of people who may be affected by suicide loss.

How Athletic Departments Deal with Sudden Death Athletic Business
Experiencing Grief in College & Meeting Your Immediate Needs Community for Accredited Online Schools
Grief and Loss Cornell College
Who Helps the Helper?  Lessons on Grieving for Athletic Trainers Athletic Training Education Journal
College Student Bereavement: What Advisors Need to Know Kansas State University
On the Death of a Student Kansas State University
Assisting Students Grieving the Loss of a Loved One Boston University
Suicide grief: Healing after a loved one’s suicide Mayo Clinic
Helping a Student Who Has Lost a Friend or Family Member to Suicide University of Texas Counseling and Mental Health Center
Left Behind After a Suicide Harvard Medical School
Beyond Surviving Survivors of Suicide
Suicide Survivors Face Grief, Questions, Challenges Harvard Medical School
Grief: Coping with reminders after a loss Mayo Clinic
Communicating with Children After a Suicide Support After Suicide
Understanding Survivors of Suicide Loss Psychology Today
Bearing the Special Grief of Suicide Suvivors of Suicide Loss


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