Spartans focus on student-athlete mental health

Ashton Henderson played for the Michigan State football team from 2006 to 2009. Earlier this year, he returned to college, becoming the Assistant Executive Director of Athletics for Championship Resources.

EAST LANSING – Returning to Michigan State earlier this year was an opportunity Ashton Henderson couldn’t refuse. Yes, the opportunity to work at his university was part of the reason for his enthusiasm. But there was a specific aspect of his role — he’s the associate executive director of athletics at Michigan State University Championship Resources — that drew him the most.

He will be a major supporter of mental health for student-athletes.

Mental health is a reason Henderson motivates every day.

Henderson had four years with the Michigan State University football team from 2006 to 2009, and has family members who struggled with mental health challenges. And he saw the way it affected others who once played for MSU.

“Do you see and exist around Spartans and their former classmates who still struggle with mental health barriers in their lives?” Henderson said. “These are things I didn’t necessarily know about.”

He doesn’t have to go alone.

Michigan State has created two full-time positions dedicated solely to this endeavour: Molly McQuarrie and Jeff Williams each hold the titles of Student and Athlete Wellness Director. Williams, Licensed Clinical Social Worker; McQueary focuses on mental performance.

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