How college athletes are fighting the stigma of mental illness []


Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series on college athletes struggling with mental health issues. Part two is here. Our earlier two-part series on the mental health crisis on U.S. college campuses is here.

Victoria Garrick’s smiling Instagram photos of herself and friends at parties didn’t show what the University of Southern California junior was truly feeling: depression.

“When it comes to college athletes, there’s a fear of admitting a weakness because you don’t want to be viewed as weak,” Garrick, an indoor women’s volleyball player, tells USA TODAY College. “People feel stigmatized. They don’t want to come forward because they feel they’re not allowed to show weakness.”

Fighting that stigma, Garrick, a journalism major, presented a talk at a TEDx event in June.

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