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Health Sciences

Mental Health, Stigma, and Masculinity

When: June 9, 2022, 9:00 am - Thursday

Where: Ezell 234

Session 3

Session Abstract

Mental illness has been a growing concern amongst psychologists, epidemiologists, physicians and amongst college-students, specifically collegiate athletes. While there are many safe, effective, and inexpensive treatments available many collegiate athletes struggling with mental illnesses, such as anxiety and depression, do not seek out professional help. Many psychologists and epidemiologists believe that this is due to the stigmatization of mental illness.  Research suggests that stigmatization is related to a low mental-health literacy (MHL).  While research suggests that men on average have a lower MHL score, they also report higher levels of stigma. There is a long history of research examining masculinity in sport. This current study examined the relationship between MHL, stigma, and masculinity in college students as well as student athletes.


Andrew Mauldin, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • Omaran D. Lee, Nashville General Hospital, Participant
  • David Suddeth, Nazarene Trevecca, Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, Participant

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