Big Ten Implements Mental Health Initiatives

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All Big Ten Conference student-athletes and conference-affiliated staff members are receiving free access to the mental health app Calm.

The Big Ten announced the initiative in a Monday press release that said that unlimited access to Calm is being announced as part of Mental Health Awareness Month. Calm, which is intended to help users lower stress and anxiety, typically costs $69.99 annually after a seven-day free trial. First-year Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren said the mental health objectives are even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic that canceled all NCAA spring seasons as well as many winter championships.

“Our hope is that the Calm mental fitness app will provide an immediate resource for all Big Ten student-athletes, coaches, athletic department staff members and conference staff during these unprecedented times and is only the first of many steps that we will take in the area of mental health and wellness,” Warren said in the release. “We are fortunate to have so many professionals on our campuses who have dedicated their lives to tackling mental health issues. We were driven to supplement their inspiring work with additional resources, important under normal circumstances, but even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

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