Wisconsin Prioritizes Mental Health Amid Recent Suicide

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The University of Wisconsin athletic department has over the past several months significantly bulked up its resources to support athletes struggling with mental health amid the mid-April death by suicide of varsity distance runner Sarah Shulze.

New UW deputy athletic director Marcus Sedberry told Jim Polzin of the Wisconsin State Journal that mental health was talked about often during his interviews with athletic director Chris McIntosh, who’s made it clear the topic is high on his priority list.

“The tragedy with Sarah, it hits home with us,” Sedberry said. “What it does is gives us an opportunity to look in the mirror and to learn from that situation the same way we learn from other situations around the country to perform best practices. You don’t want it to be one of your own and it certainly hurts and is a deep blow when it is one of your own. The opportunity to learn from that is something we’re taking very seriously.”

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