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Baseball | 4/22/2022 1:04:00 PM

MINNEAPOLIS – The University of Minnesota baseball team will host a Mental Health Awareness game when it welcomes Penn State to Siebert Field for a 2 pm game on Saturday, April 23rd.

In-Game Promotions and Activities Include:
-In-game videos that will focus on destigmatizing mental health.
-‘Starting Lineup ‘of Mental Health professionals at the UofM who will be introduced and acknowledged pregame.
-Mental Health trivia questions and information on the video board between innings.
-Scannable QR Codes posted around the stadium Concourse with information and resources to cope with stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.
-Informational booths around the Concourse staffed by mental health professionals who will answer questions and provide resources to fans with questions or concerns.

The Gophers will also wear green ribbons on their uniforms, as green is the color of mental health awareness.

Gophers head Coach John Anderson is an Advocate for mental health awareness and hopes to spread the word about how crucial mental health is in our world.

“First and foremost, we want to create some awareness around the mental health challenges people are facing in their everyday lives,” Anderson said. “Especially with the prevalence of social media in today’s society, everyone is constantly comparing themselves to one another. With where we are now coming out of the Pandemic, we want to make sure we promote the importance of mental health through our baseball program.

Redshirt junior Noah Berghammer has been one of the outspoken members of the team on mental health and looks forward to Saturday’s festivities.

“When I think about Gopher Baseball holding a mental health awareness day, it makes me excited because I think it’s a topic that can be underlooked, especially in the sports community. Taking care of your mental health is everything, and to those struggling, its important to know that you’re not alone and that there are plenty of resources and people here on campus to talk to. “

University of Minnesota Starting Lineup of Support Staff for Saturday’s Game:

  1. Dr. Carly Anderson: University of Minnesota Director of Sports Psychology Services
  2. Dr. Ashley Zapata: University of Minnesota Sports Psychologist
  3. Dr. Adam Gallenberg: Licensed Psychologist and one of the UofM sports Psychology providers on campus
  4. Dr. Erin Ayala: Licensed Psychologist and the Director of Psychological Assessment and Testing for the University of Minnesota Department of Athletic Medicine.
  5. Erin Moore: Head Athletic Trainer for Gopher Women’s Hockey
  6. Mattie Jankowski: Minnesota Sports Nutrition Team – Eating Disorder Specialist
  7. Peyton N. Owens, III: Senior Associate Athletics Director / Sport Administrator

How to get help:

University of Minnesota students are encouraged to reach out to Boynton Health or contact Student Counseling Services. For after hour assistance call 612-301-4673 or text “UMN” to 61222

Community members are encouraged to reach out to suicidepreventionlifeline.org or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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