Power 5 conferences vote to provide mental health services | ESPN.com

Here’s a topic that’s getting more and more attention of late, and some schools and conferences are moving to do something about mental health resources for their student-athletes.

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Power 5 conferences unanimously passed legislation Thursday at the NCAA convention requiring their schools to make mental health services and resources available for student-athletes.

The legislation is meant to further strengthen mental health services already provided on campus. As part of it, schools will distribute mental health education information and resources to student-athletes, coaches, administrators and other athletics personnel.

Washington State athletic director Pat Chun spoke during the open comments portion during the Division I Autonomy Forum and Business Session, pointing out the legislation’s importance for the health and well-being of student-athletes. Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski died by suicide in 2018, and the school has added to the services it already provided student-athletes.

Chun pointed out that suicide is the second-leading cause of death among those in the college age group. When the time to vote came from each school in the ACC, Pac-12, Big 12, Big Ten and SEC plus 15 student-athlete representatives, the legislation passed 80-0.

“It’s powerful it was passed in unanimous fashion,” Chun said. “Stuff like this is a no-brainer for college athletics. We do a lot for our student-athletes, so I think it’s time we do something in terms of the mental health. Most, if not all, schools in the Power 5 are doing something, but the worst-case scenario is dealing with a tragedy that no school or family wants.”

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