ACC Working To Improve Mental Health Resources For Its Athletes
About 200 people attended Day 1 of the ACC's inaugural Mental Health & Wellness Summit at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, N.C., which represents one of the conference's "first formal steps to provide resources to address the mental well-being of its athletes," according to a front-page piece by Andrew Carter of the Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER. ACC Commissioner John Swofford said the conference "needs to be a leader" in providing mental health services to athletes, which he described as the ACC's "biggest and best assets." The conference for the past year has "discussed ways to improve mental health treatment for its athletes." About 25 athletes "across several sports are attending the two-day summit," which features 10 "breakout seminars." Swofford said that there has "been a lot of progress," and that he hopes that the summit is "only a starting point." Swofford: "This can't be a one-year summit, so to speak, and then things dissipate. It's something that'll have to be followed up on and dealt with day-to-day, and invested in day-to-day in our campuses" (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 5/22). In Greensboro, Brant Wilkerson-New notes as of January, all Power Five conferences are "required to make mental health services ad resources available to athletes in addition to providing education and information on how to access those services" (Greensboro NEWS & RECORD, 5/22).