Michigan gets grant for mental health initiative

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has received a grant from the NCAA to develop and evaluate a program for supporting mental health initiatives for student-athletes.

Michigan's athletic department is partnering with the school's depression center and school of public health. Former Michigan football player Will Heininger says this issue is important to athletes across the country, who are under a lot of pressure and are sometimes afraid to speak out.

Daniel Eisenberg, an associate professor at the school of public health, says student-athletes might be more vulnerable to significant mental health problems because in sports, toughness and resiliency are often emphasized. That might make it more difficult for athletes to seek help.

Michigan will present its project results at the NCAA Convention in Washington in January.

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