INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Steps are now being taken for student athletes to get help with mental illness issues even if they aren't related to the sports they play.
The National Athletic Trainers Association announced in Indianapolis Wednesday that it is putting in place a plan to recognize and then refer collegiate student athletes with psychological concerns.
The group says that one in every four or five young people suffer some sort of mental health issue.
"And combined with the rigors and stressors of being a student athlete that can trigger a psychological concern in our student athletes. We want to try and address this growing concern," says Timothy Neal, Assistant Athletic Director of Syracuse University.
Will Heininger, a student athlete who suffered from depression, spoke of the need to encourage student athletes to get help.
"If you break your arm you need to go to the doctor. And your not embarrassed about that. And if you have something wrong with you. If there's something making you sad, or your not thinking straight, that's just fine too. You need to go see someone who wants to help you," Heininger says.
Using the new guidelines, trainers will look for and help guide students with potential problems.
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