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Boise State Athletics launches new mental health initiative: We are #BroncoBOLD

Posted: 11:18 AM, Sep 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-11 19:21:01-04

BOISE, Idaho — Boise State Athletics is launching a new mental health awareness initiative called BroncoBOLD.

The initiative is designed to encompass all aspects of the athletic department's mental health programming for student athletes, coaches and staff.

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Bosie State Athletics says they will be unveiling videos on social media and on the Boise State website that will include information for on and off campus resources relating to mental health during the week.

Coming up Thursday in our Finding Hope series , 6 On Your Side's Matt Sizemore will show us more about how the initiative came about, and tell us more about why Boise State is focusing on supporting mental health in their athletes. It's a story he's been following for you for weeks.

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The mission statement was drafted by Boise State student-athletes with guidance from Stephanie Donaldson, director of athletic performance/psychology.

We are #BroncoBOLD
#BroncoBOLD is a Boise State University student-athlete mental health initiative that spreads a message of hope, help and resiliency to the entire campus and greater community. #BroncoBOLD will champion the importance of mental health and wellness in all areas of life through the platform of sport.

The #BroncoBOLD mission is built on three pillars:

1. Reduce Stigma
#BroncoBOLD will be the voice of change. We will create a culture of help-seeking and inclusion through personal stories and messages of strength. Collectively, we will normalize conversations around mental health and reduce stigma.

2. Raise Awareness
#BroncoBOLD will shed light on mental health by focusing on education and proactive prevention. We will grow awareness and knowledge of mental health issues through such forums as social media, workshops and sponsored events and athletic competitions.

3. Cultivate Resiliency
#BroncoBOLD will utilize a strengths-based approach, emphasizing the boldness we all possess. We will share healthy coping skills, engage support systems, and use our internal and external resources.

Together, we will build a culture of resiliency and strength.

Together, we will foster a mentally healthy community.

Together, we are #BroncoBOLD.