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Texas Tech creates new sports psychology position to address mental illness with student-athletes

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In an effort to address mental illness issues with student-athletes, Texas Tech has created a new sports psychologist position for the athletics department. 

An alarming 2016 study from Drexel University found 24 percent of collegiate athletes meet the criteria of having "clinically significant" depression.

Tyler Bradstreet, Tech's new director of clinical and sports psychology, said creating this position speaks volumes about the expansion of mental health services in sports.

"We're building a culture of health that really emphasizes mental health is being an integral component to the athlete's overall health. So I think just for me, continuing to do that, continuing to provide the same services we have, but at a greater capacity," Bradstreet said.

Bradstreet said student-athletes struggle with the same mental illness issues as anyone else.

"I think the reality is that student athletes are not immune to mental issues. I think sometimes we think athletes being super-resilient people who are high performance, and of course that's true, but they are people too. I think that's the approach we take, which is really trying to treat the student athletes as people first. Really trying to take that holistic approach to them, not just being great athletes and high achievers in the classroom, but just developing good people," Bradstreet said.

Bradstreet said a student-athlete's heavy workload may take an even bigger toll on their mental state. 

"Sometimes they can be more at risk for the sheer fact that they are just exposed to a unique combination of stressors. Going off to college is a unique aspect in everybody's life," Bradstreet said. "It's a transitional time in your life where you're really becoming more independent, you're being exposed to new things, you're being challenged academically, then you have this sports component on top of it and there's just the reality of it that at the division 1 level, that's a lot of pressure."

Bradstreet said the social norms and expectations attached to athletes is a big reason why some do not seek help. 

"From an early age, athletes get that message of you've got to be strong, you've got to be tough, cool and calm, being composed in tough situations. All of those things are great skills, but I think sometimes messages can lead athletes to feel like when they are dealing with a lot of stress, maybe if they are having some depression or anxiety, they can't talk about it," Bradstreet said.

He added this position allows Tech to create a culture of relatability with student athletes and mental health, as he said he hopes it helps them achieve their goals on the field and in the classroom.

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