Reducing Mental Health Stigma — “You Are Enough” with Dr. Lawrence ChattersIn The Margins

Reducing Mental Health Stigma — “You Are Enough” with Dr. Lawrence Chatters

In this episode, Diverse host Ralph Newell sits down with Dr. Lawrence Chatters, executive associate athletic director for Strategic Initiatives at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.

Lean in as Chatters discusses reducing the stigma around mental health and his unconventional ways of getting diverse students to support groups, providing them with a comfortable space to recognize other people who are having the same challenges while validating their experience and acknowledging that “they are enough.”

Born with albinism and legally blind, Chatters shares his journey to higher education and how he translates his unique worldview in his work with student-athletes from various backgrounds and their mental health.

KEY POINTS:

  • Dr. Lawrence Chatters’ journey in education and psychology
  • Why has mental health been hidden for so long?
  • Connecting student-athletes with mental health services
  • Unique challenges facing student-athletes today
  • How Dr. Chatters ties together psychology, athletics, and DEI
  • The silver lining of the pandemic and mental health

QUOTABLES:

“You are enough. You have the capability to get yourself through these challenging times. You have the will, the confidence, and the self-esteem. It's all in there. You may just have to discover it.”

“Going to get help doesn't actually make you weak. It actually makes you better.”

GUEST RESOURCES:

Dr. Lawrence Chatters: huskers.com/staff-directory/dr-lawrence-chatters/1032

“You Are Enough” originally appeared in the January 19, 2023 edition of Diverse magazine.

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