University of Michigan women's track and field student-athlete Jaimie Phelan shares how mindful self-compassion guides her through difficult times as a student-athlete. This allows her to be comforted with self-kindness, much like how she would want to care for a friend or fellow teammate who is struggling. Photo by billy lee on Unsplash
Former Michigan football student-athlete Will Heininger shares his story of overcoming depression and self-doubt while playing for the Wolverines. As a 19-year-old Ann Arbor native, he achieved his dream of playing for the Wolverines, yet hated his life.
Arielle Sanders, captain of the rowing team, was hampered with multiple injuries during her career. The mental toll grew during each comeback. Eventually, the pain was too much and she had to stop competing. While Arielle learned to cope with her situation, she still felt isolated. Nevertheless, Arielle found acceptance from her teammates and coaches.