Ottawa women launch Student Athlete Mental Health Initiative

March 20, 2014

A couple of former student athletes in Ottawa, Samantha DeLenardo and Krista Van Slingerland, have launched the Student Athlete Mental Health Initiative (SAMHI) to connect student athletes suffering mental illness with nearby counselling resources. The Ottawa Citizen explains that DeLenardo and Van Slingerland hope SAMHI will eventually double as a student athlete mental health advocacy group and a counselling directory for student athletes in Canada. “This is a critical project that we need now, we needed five years ago,” says DeLenardo, who was member of the University of Ottawa’s women’s hockey team. “We need to put an end to what’s going on here and we really need to shore up our mental health services for our student athletes.” Van Slingerland, now in her fourth year at Carleton University, played on the school’s women’s basketball team. Ottawa Citizen