The CHSAA Board of Directors has recently approved that all high school coaches take a mandatory course on student mental health.
This class comes on the heels of research conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It concluded that 31 percent of high schoolers reported depression symptoms in 2017, and 17 percent of those “seriously considered” taking their own life.
Starting this fall, all coaches will take the “Student Mental Health and Suicide Prevention” course.
“CHSAA’s vision is to deconstruct the stereotypes around mental health and help start the conversations that need to happen around our kids,” said CHSAA commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green in a press release. “The mental and physical well-being of our student participants is our priority.”