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Mental Health Awareness

The SSI (Sports Science Institute) believes mental health is a part of, not apart from, athlete health. Mental health exists on a continuum, with resilience and thriving on one end of the spectrum and mental health disorders that disrupt a college athlete’s functioning and performance at the other. We strive to improve access to quality mental healthcare with the goal of creating a culture where care seeking for mental health issues is as normative as care seeking for physical injuries. 

Collaborating with the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committees, as well as the most established medical, mental health and sports medicine organizations in the country, the SSI provides educational resources and inter-association best practices and tools which offer a model of care for student-athlete mental health.  This guidance encourages athletic environments that support help-seeking and facilitate early identification through appropriate referral and care. Establishing protocols for care means more equitable care across sports and within schools in support of college athlete mental health and well-being.


Fontbonne University Counselors

Therese Jacques, LPC - Director of Counseling - 314-889-1434

Libby Lyons, MSW, LCSW, CEDS - Counselor - 314-889-4782

Carla Hagan - Nurse - 314-889-4784

Fontbonne University Counseling and Wellness

Helping a Student in Distress 


Educational Rescources:

Supporting Student-Athlete Mental Wellness 

Mental Health Best Practices

Mental Health Interdisciplinary Team Planner

Mental Health Workshop Planning Kit

NCAA Coaches Assist

An Introducation To Mind, Body, and Sport

Managing Student-Athletes Mental Health 


Fact Sheets:

Anxiety Awareness 

Depression Awareness

Eating Disorder Awareness

Risk of Suicide

Your Words Matter

Sport Psychologist

Mental Health Refrerral 

Mental Health Campuswide Checklist



Athlete Wellness 



"You Are Worth It Day"


Fontbonne Mental Health Awareness Committee Members:

Associate Athletic Director, Danielle Doerfler

Director of Athletic Communications, Ben Mizera

Head Athletic Trainer, Ann Schmerbauch

Assistant Athletic Trainer, Colton Ferguson 

Assitant Athletic Trainer, Julia Ring

Head Men's Lacrosse Coach, Brandon Singleton

Head Cross Country / Track & Field Coach, Justin Halley

Head Dance Coach, Stephanie Brant 

Head Men's Soccer Coach, Donnie Alberty

Head Softball Coach, Casey Cromwell