Minnesota to host mental health awareness game on Saturday - University of Minnesota Athletics

Minnesota to host mental health awareness game on Saturday – University of Minnesota Athletics

The University of Minnesota football team will host its second mental health awareness game when it hosts Western Illinois at Huntington Bank Stadium for a kickoff at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 1. ten.

The Gophers will partner with renowned speaker, author and founder of I’m Changing the Narrative Rachel Joy Baribeau for the game. Baribeau, who will be attending the game, spoke to the head coach PJ Fleck and the Minnesota football team each of the past few years and is an advocate for mental health awareness and resources. The mission of I’m Changing the Narrative is to promote positive mental health and good love for yourself and others to serve as an inspiration to create an individual legacy of purpose, passion and platform.

The Gophers will wear a green ribbon on their helmets, as green is the color of mental health awareness. There will also be an in-game video that emphasizes the importance of mental health.

Minnesota already hosted a mental health awareness game in 2019 when they faced Maryland at home.

How to get help:

University of Minnesota students are encouraged to contact Boynton Health or contact Student Counseling Services. For after-hours assistance, call 612-301-4673 or text “UMN” to 61222

Community members are encouraged to contact suicidepreventionlifeline.org or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Further information:

For pre- and post-event interviews with Rachel Joy Baribeau, please contact Allison Ratzlaff at allison.ratzlaff@gmail.com or 858-335-6580.

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