Butler and Preventia partner to offer free Mental Wellness Summit

Butler University, in partnership with Preventia—a leader in virtual mental health, coaching, and wellness solutions—will host the inaugural Student-Athlete Mental Wellness Summit on January 29, 2024, at 8:00 PM at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse. The groundbreaking event with a focus on the mental health and well-being of student-athletes is free and open to the public.

The summit will address the unique challenges faced by students in balancing academic pursuits, athletic commitments, and personal growth. It offers a platform for students, coaches, administrators, and healthcare professionals to come together and explore holistic approaches to mental wellness within campus communities. Discussion topics include building mental strength and resiliency; improved health and well-being; advanced nutritional approaches; optimal sleep hygiene; and techniques to elevate both athletic and academic performance. The summit will equip students with actionable knowledge and tools to excel in all aspects of their collegiate experience.

The event’s keynote speakers include Robert Wickens, a former IndyCar driver and symbol of resilience; Dr. Mark Campbell, recognized for his transformative work with Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals; and Dr. Mark Pettus, a leader in integrative medicine.

“The expert panelists will share insights and resources to equip students with a mental wellness toolkit,” Ralph Reiff, Sr. Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Health, Performance & Well-Being at Butler University, said. “Although designed specifically for student-athletes, anyone with an interest in mental wellness and athletics is welcome.”

Although there is no cost to attend, participants are encouraged to register via the Butler website. The public is invited to attend in-person or virtually.

Butler University is a national leader in supporting students’ health and well-being. Through BU|BeWell, Butler provides a positive environment to help students grow, learn, and become the best version of themselves.

“The summit exemplifies Butler’s ongoing commitment to bolstering our students' holistic well-being through education and resources,” Dr. Frank E. Ross, Butler’s Vice President for Student Affairs, said. “It is an important addition to the comprehensive support we provide to meet the needs of student-athletes.”

As a partner in Butler’s ongoing commitment to student wellness, Preventia brings its expertise in mental health solutions and coaching, aimed at ensuring students receive timely and effective care. Through its collaboration with Butler University over the past two years, Preventia has been instrumental in delivering virtual mental health services and targeted workshops, contributing significantly to the positive impact on the campus community.

“Our collaboration is a distinct illustration of our strategic approach to introducing comprehensive virtual care solutions, complementing the already outstanding resources available to students on campus,” Brian Schroeder, CEO, Preventia, said. “As student care evolves, we take pride in contributing our solutions to enhance the toolkit for the overall well-being of students.”

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