Faculty Mentor

Dr. Kim Flottemesch


Throughout universities around the world, every day, the mental health of college students is tested. Specifically, collegiate athletes may feel uncomfortable, or uncertain seeking out resources to assess their overall mental health. There are numerous reasons athletes may be either comfortable, or uncomfortable seeking out these resources. Some reasons can include being seen as a sign of weakness, there are no resources for athletes, or they are uncertain about what resources are available to them. The researchers chose to investigate the mental health of two different sports teams at a university. Specifically, the researchers explored these athletes and their mental health state, whether or not they feel comfortable utilizing campus resources, and whether or not they have non-campus provided resources to assess their mental health state. Participants of the study hailed from a small, religious, and faith-based Midwestern university.