Mental & Global healtH

What role can athletes, sports health and communication leaders  play in mental health and global health?

We all have heard the stories of former NFL players and other sports battling CTE and related mental health effects. A cancer diagnosis has a huge mental health impact on most patients, families, and caregivers. People in abusive relationships also have to deal with major mental health effects. 

Racial/ethnic, gender, and sexual minorities often suffer from poor mental health outcomes due to multiple factors including inaccessibility of high quality mental health care services, cultural stigma surrounding mental health care, discrimination, and overall lack of awareness about mental health. This is also a global health disparity. Mental health disorders are often neglected, especially in low- and middle-income countries, which have limited resources to tackle mental health challenges. In addition to causing significant burden within the lives of individuals, families, and societies, mental health disorders increase the risk for comorbid conditions.

The sports and mental health session at the Harvard global health summit featuring some of the world leading experts in sports behavior, news makers, communication leadership and cancer is focused on mental health.  Expected outcomes from this session include publications and collaborations with potential new funding  for advancing innovative approaches to address mental health for athletes, former players, cancer patients/families/care-givers and global mental health disparities.

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Dr. Tommy Shavers (Session Chair)
Julius Thomas

 Former player: Record-making Tight End for the Denver Broncos, and other NFL teams

Co-Founder & CEO of NESTRE Health & Performance

Hue Jackson

President of the Hue Jackson Foundation

Former NFL Coach

Dr. William Lambos

Licensed Psychologist and Founder, President of ABF Behavioral Health

Tia McNeill

Advocate, Wife of former NFL player Fred McNeill of the Minnesota Vikings, who was diagnosed with CTE

Bennie Fowler III

Six -year veteran of the National Football League: Denver Broncos, and currently New York Giants

Coach Jennifer Sanford
Kyle Israel

College Football Analyst for 580 ESPN Radio 

Head coach of the University of Connecticut rowing program

Dr. Joseph Cooper 

Professor with the Sport Management program at the University of Connecticut

Dr. Keely Kaklamanos 

Director of the Clinical and Sports Psychology Program for Florida State University Athletics.

Dan Treadway

Deputy editor at The Players' Tribune

Steve Orsini

10yr NFL Front Office Executive for the Dallas Cowboys

Everett Talbert Jr

Young Ambassador for Mental Health in past players

Jason Strayhorn

Decorated NCAA athlete and former NFL player

Accomplished businessman and real estate professional

Rob Sims

Former NFL  Player, Seattle Seahawks

Calvin Johnson

Former NFL player: one of the greatest wide receivers to ever play the game

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