LSU is launching a new program to offer lifelong mental health support for all alumni student-athletes

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – LSU Athletics and Our Lady of the Lake Health have partnered with Hall of Fame Health to provide all graduating student-athletes with access to lifelong mental health support through Tiger Legacy Care.

Through Tiger Legacy Care, all LSU Athletics alumni and their families will have access to the Hall of Fame Health Behavioral Health Network indefinitely. This access extends to alumni of all 21 varsity athletic programs at LSU and their families.

“Life after sports is not always an easy transition,” said Shelly Mullenix, LSU senior associate for health and wellness. “The idea is that if we can find a way to connect them to the elite care that they received while they were here at LSU, they will have a smoother transition to dealing with some of these issues that happen in life.”

Originally developed by the Pro Football Hall of Fame to provide healthcare solutions to former NFL players and their families, Hall of Fame Health provides a full spectrum of mental health, behavioral health and substance use services.

Through this partnership, LSU will become the first university in the country to offer lifelong behavioral health services to every graduate athlete and their immediate family, with areas of focus such as stress and emotional regulation, depression, anxiety, substance use disorder, PTSD disorder, and more.

“When the Championship Health Partnership was formed, the mission was to elevate the entire state through collaborative efforts just like this,” Mullenix said. “This agreement with Hall of Fame Health will ensure that generations of Tigers will continue to receive the world-class care they enjoyed at LSU long after their athletic careers are over.”

Former LSU student-athletes and their families will have access to a dedicated concierge phone line (866-578-9989), a 24-hour mental health crisis hotline (866-901-1245), preferred access to select clinical programs, a national roster of verified and accredited suppliers and reduced supplier prices.

“As a proud Tiger alumnus and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, I am delighted to see LSU join Hall of Fame Health as the first NCAA program to offer top-notch mental and behavioral health services to all of its former athletes. ” said Alan Faneca, former LSU All-American and NFL Hall of Famer. “Good mental health is essential as we compete in sport and move through life because the challenges never stop coming. This partnership will offer our former LSU athletes support and care to help them continue to achieve their goals for the rest of their lives. Once a Tiger, always a Tiger!”

“Being athletes, we face the same day-to-day stresses as everyone else — balancing family and everyday life,” said DJ Chark, former Tiger wide receiver and current Detroit Lion. “I’ve learned to use meditation as well as being a therapist and I try to stay in the present to help me deal with life’s challenges. All former LSU athletes need access to the same tools and resources. That’s why Tiger Legacy Care is a necessary resource for the LSU Athletics family.”

The program will be funded by the LSU Athletics Tiger Athletic Foundation Our Lady of the Lake Program Support Fund, which was established through the Championship Health Partnership announced in February. Additional support will be provided by the National L-Club, LSU’s national letterwinner association.

“The Tiger Legacy Care program provides meaningful opportunities and treatment options envisioned at Hall of Fame Health as we seek to expand our reach beyond Pro Football Hall of Famers and their families,” said Ryan Cain, president of Hall of Fame Health. “The first of its kind and with great partners at LSU and Our Lady and the Lake Health, TLC will positively impact thousands of college athletes for life by providing them with access to elite mental and behavioral health treatment.”

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