In the wake of the controversy surrounding Jim Harbaugh and his comments on mental health and transfers, we wanted to understand, not only that situation better, but also more about the stigma surrounding mental health, how mental illness affects not only athletes, but all of us, and what we can do about it.
So we brought on two special guests for this important episode: former Michigan DE Will Heininger and SiriusXM’s Rachel Baribeau.
Heininger struggled with depression during time at Michigan, but sought help, and now works with athletes at the university to help treat issues proactively and beyond. Baribeau recognized spreading mental health awareness among athletes as her recent calling, and is meeting with Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan team soon to discuss the importance of not ignoring mental health issues.
Both went into great detail about the issues, the solutions, what they’re doing, Jim Harbaugh’s role in all of this as it pertains to Michigan and much more on this supersized episode.
If you’re dealing with depression or any other mental health issues or suicide ideation, please call 1-800-273-8255 and/or reach out to a licensed mental health professional.
For helpful resources and information, visit https://campusmindworks.org and https://depressioncenter.org. For more on Will and his story, as well as what the university is doing, visit https://athletesconnected.umich.edu/.
You can visit Rachel Baribeau’s site, Changing the Narrative, and learn more about her mission at https://www.imchangingthenarrative.org/.