NATA Issues Guidelines On Student-Athlete Mental Health.

The AP (9/26, Marot) reports that the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) “outlined a set of broad guidelines[pdf]…that it believes should be adopted in an effort to help” student “athletes cope with everything from depression to suicidal thoughts.” The group’s “recommendations include using athletic trainers and team physicians to help with early detection of potential mental illnesses, provide advice and make treatment referrals while maintaining patient confidentiality.”

Reuters (9/26, Pittman) notes that the new guidelines were published online Sept. 25 in the Journal of Athletic Training. The article also points out that, according to the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, approximately 30 percent of university-aged young people said they had some kind of mental illness during the years 2010 and 2011.

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— “Trainers Group Makes Mental Health Recommendations, “Michael Marot, Associated Press, September 25, 2013.

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