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World in View: Mental Health Issues and Sports

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2020
  • 12:00 PM

"Mental Health Issues and Sports: Growing Concerns, Increasing Awareness"

A discussion led by Professor John Affleck (Penn State) and Dr. Matthew Smith (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland)

The first of two sessions will establish how mental health issues have received increased attention in the 21st century generally, and then how mental health has become a particular focus point in sports. As Affleck wrote in an article for The Conversation, the NBA in particular has worked to address this issue, breaking down the stereotype of weakness. Smith would address how mental health has caught fire as a topic internationally, with Prince William leading a push for mental health care built around soccer.

John Affleck is a veteran journalist who served the majority of his 22-year career at The Associated Press as a national manager in news and sports. He was the 2015 winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Bellisario College of Communications’ Alumni Society Board and was named a Penn State Teaching Fellow by the Penn State Alumni Association in 2019. Matt Smith, an expert on medical history, has been at Strathclyde and the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare since 2011, after completing a Ph.D. and postdoctoral work at the University of Exeter. His teaching has focused on three primary areas within the history of health and medicine: mental health and psychiatry; allergy and immunology; and, food and nutrition.

Please note: Registration for events in this series is required and, given the topics and speakers, we anticipate interest to be high. For this reason, each event is limited to 25 Scholars and early registration is strongly encouraged. Participants of each event will also receive a complimentary electronic gift card.

Schreyer Scholar Edka Wong

After hearing about Schreyer from a friend, I was motivated to achieve the GPA to be accepted into the Honors College as a current Penn State student. Schreyer has provided me with leadership opportunities through the Schreyer Honors College Student Council, given me the ability to work closely with faculty, and held me accountable for my education.

Edka Wong '18 Political Science

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