CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard Athletics and Harvard University Health Services are pleased to announce that they have received an anonymous gift to provide additional mental health services to support student-athletes' physical, emotional and mental well-being.
"We are grateful that this anonymous gift will enable us to augment the mental health services that we provide for our students and athletes," said Bob Scalise, The John D. Nichols '53 Family Director of Athletics. "Supporting the mental health needs of our students is something that we are all working to address, both at Harvard and on college campuses across the country."
Launched a year ago, the Crimson Mind and Body Program fosters a community that values both mental and physical well-being through strengthened programming and the ability to meet individually with mental health providers. This gift will bolster the integrated team that makes up the program in order to provide more robust services to students.
"We are very thankful and excited for the opportunity to expand our mental health services," added Brant Berkstresser, Associate Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Health and Performance. "This gift allows us to increase programming and individual care, enhancing our student-athletes' health."
Mental health providers from Harvard University Health Services and Athletics, including primary care and team physicians, nutritionists and athletic trainers, play an integral role in the creation of an environment where student-athletes are comfortable addressing and discussing mental health concerns.
"We are extremely grateful to the anonymous donors for their generous gift that allows us to grow an integrated mental health program that will support student-athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, and families," said Paul J. Barreira, MD, Director of Harvard University Health Services. "By providing this gift, the donors are recognizing in a public way the need to support these kinds of initiatives, not only for student athletes but all college students."
About Harvard Athletics
Harvard offers the most robust athletics program in the country, with a nation-leading 42 varsity sport programs that serve more than 1,100 student-athletes.
About Harvard University Health Services (HUHS)
Harvard University Health Services is a multi-specialty medical practice exclusively for members of the Harvard community—students, faculty, staff, eligible post-docs, retirees and their dependents.