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The Boston Globe


​​Athletes ‘are not somehow immune or more resistant to depression.’ Recent suicides have touched off a national conversation of concern

As Amato pointed out, however, “athletes are sometimes seen as different, stronger, more powerful, more capable, they don’t whine, they don’t complain, they push through, they’re tough. In sports culture one of the issues in revealing your vulnerability is seen as weakness.”

The Lafayette


Lafayette student-athletes discuss mental health challenges


“Athletes are taught to be ‘tough,’ just rub a little dirt on it, you’ll be fine,” Amato wrote in an email. “This kind of toughness is really useful in sports, but there are also times when an athlete can no longer push things aside, push through. We all need to do a better job helping athletes recognize when it is time to ask for help and to help coaches prioritize the mental wellness of our athletes.” 

The Washington Post


There's a mental health crisis in college sports.  I know it firsthand.


But most of all, Amato says, people need to treat student-athletes as “humans first and foremost”: “We need to ask about their life outside of sport, show that you care about them and are invested in them regardless of how they perform athletically.”

The Lafayette


Sports psychologist Julie Amato brings mental health lens to Lafayette athletics


“One of the things as an athlete is your identity is pretty wrapped up in being an athlete and in competing in sports,” she said. “So when that’s taken from you, whether it’s not getting playing time or being injured, that causes significant distress.”

The Morning Call


Former Notre Dame-GP star helping athletes with mental health part of sports and life


“[Mental health] feels like a movement, like the concussion movement.,” Amato said. “Our level of concern is raised. I’m fortunate to be someone who is a part of the conversation. I’m fortunate that there are progressive places like the New York Liberty, Lafayette College and Princeton University that care enough about the mental health of athletes to have somebody who has specialized knowledge and can be a resource.”

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