Big Ten shares new mental health initiative plan

Beatrice J. Doty

Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren shared details about the conference’s new league-wide mental health initiate on Monday.

The Big Ten announced in December that it was forming a Mental Health and Wellness Cabinet, which consists of a board of representatives with 31 members from the 14 universities and two affiliate members — Johns Hopkins and Notre Dame, which play lacrosse and hockey in the Big Ten, respectively. 

The cabinet members include mental health educators, medical doctors, faculty athletic representatives and senior women’s administrators and more, who “will take a comprehensive, systemic and interdisciplinary approach to establishing mental health programs, while also providing counsel, advice and expertise to the conference office,” the conference said in a statement.

“This is a complex and stressful time in our society and the mental health and wellness of our Big Ten family is a critical component of our focus,” Warren said in a statement.

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