The Athletes Connected program was created jointly by the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Depression Center, and Athletic Department to increase awareness of mental health issues, reduce the stigma of help-seeking, and promote positive coping skills among student athletes. , Research for this project was funded by an NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant to improve the well-being of the student-athlete. The excerpt below sums up the findings from their study:
"In a random sample of approximately 7,000 students at nine colleges and universities in 2014, use of mental health services was much lower among intercollegiate athletes as compared to students overall. Among students with significant depression or anxiety symptoms, only 10% of athletes used mental health services, as compared to 30% of students overall.