October 10 is recognized globally as World Mental Health Day with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and garnering efforts in support of mental health.
Avoiding and breaking through stigmas associated with mental health is an ongoing battle when it comes to the culture of athletics - many times mental toughness is emphasized over mental health. While toughness in sports is key, acknowledging and attacking mental health challenges can display even more toughness than denying that any mental health issues exist.
Northwestern commit Jared Jones is one of Georgia's best interior players on a McEachern squad with high expectations this season. At 6'9", 232 lbs, Jones is a tough task for any opponent. While rehabbing through an ACL injury prior to last season, Jared found himself facing mental health challenges that he had to tackle head-on in order to become stronger mentally and physically. Coach Mario Mays of GA Hoop Circle sat down with Jared and his trainer, Jamal Powers of Total Fitness Revolution, to talk about mental health, being real with yourself as a player, and working through challenges that can hinder you mentally and physically.