First ever Duke to Host Mental Health Awareness Game Jan. 27

Duke Female’s Basketball, in collaboration with The Jed Foundation (JED),  and also the NBA, is thrilled to organize the very first “Mental Wealth Day” for mental health and wellness understanding. The occasion will undoubtedly take place Sunday, Jan. 27 as Blue Devils will broadcast across the country, playing Syracuse at 1 p.m., in the Cameron Indoor Stadium.

“It has been a creation of ours at Duke with a variety of people – myself, Shawn Zeplin and Dr. Danielle Oakley,” said Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie. “It has been a complete team effort of trying to bring awareness to something that is affected so many lives, families and programs athletically. We want to try to talk about mental wealth as something special to take care of your mind, body, and spirit. We need to recognize that impaired mental health is where the troubles come. The more people that are educated about that, the better off everyone will be regarding reducing stigmas and filling them with education.”

Along with the very competitive game, “Mental Wealth Day” will feature workshops on pertinent psychological health topics consisting of a mindfulness training and sharing real-life stories of present and previous athletes, including former college and WNBA legend and also JED Ambassador, Chamique Holdsclaw. Holdsclaw will certainly participate as the pre-game keynote speaker, discussing her individual experience with psychological wellness and even her support for JED.

“It is the first of its kind to my knowledge for any women’s basketball game,” claimed McCallie. “I don’t know about men basketball. However, I know I have been coaching for 27 years, and I have been to a funeral and different things in my experience that will lead you to want to make a difference beyond the court. It is consistent with having Kay Yow and Melanoma games. It just seemed to fit right in. Pulling CAPS into the athletic department and having everything come together — it is a great thing.”

Holdsclaw, known for her three-time NCAA Champ with the Tennessee women’s basketball program, featured an outstanding college career before being chosen as the No. 1 pick in the 1999 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics. After gaining the WNBA Rookie of the Year in her very first specialist season, Holdsclaw went on to achieve six WNBA All-Star appearances and claimed the gold at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney with the United States.

“For many of our nation’s teens and young adults, transitioning into adulthood is a time of significant changes and intense challenges,” said John MacPhee, Executive Director and CEO of JED. “One in five young people is living with a mental health condition, and many are not receiving care. Events like this raise awareness about this important topic and let young people know they’re not alone and that help and support are available. We’re honored to partner with Duke and the NBA on this exciting event to raise awareness about mental health among athletes and all young adults.”

Multiple videos, as well as civil service news from Seize The Awkward as well as NBA Cares Mind Wellness, will undoubtedly be played during the game. Seize The Awkward, a project by JED, Ad Council as well as the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), motivates teenagers as well as young adults to ” Seize the awkward” by connecting with a friend that might be dealing with mental health issues. NBA Cares Mind Health and wellness campaign, established in collaboration with JED, includes NBA players Kevin Love as well as DeMar DeRozan sharing their mental health tales.

“Mental health is a better predictor of academic success than ACT or SAT scores,” argued Duke University CAPS Director Dr. Danielle Oakley. “Let’s invest in student success by focusing on well-being.”

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