September 27, 2021 - by

Volleyball to Host Mental Health Awareness Match This Friday vs. NC State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Volleyball is dedicating its upcoming home match toward a special cause this Friday when it takes the court against NC State at 6:30 p.m.

Friday’s match will be a Mental Health Awareness Match as the calendar flips toward October, which is Mental Health Awareness Month. Putting the issue at the forefront has been senior middle blocker Marissa Stockman, who has spoken candidly about her experience in the area while being a passionate advocate for mental health awareness.

“Ending the stigma starts with support and understanding,” Stockman, a Psychology major, said. “Make sure you wear green this Friday to show that no one is alone.”

Volleyball to Host Mental Health Awareness Match This Friday vs. NC State

The focus on mental health awareness and ending the stigmas associated with mental health are key priorities for both the ACC and FSU Student-Athlete Advisory Councils. FSU is expanding its Athletics Mental Health Team that is led by Dr. Keely Kaklamanos to include a second full-time Mental Health counselor to support the university’s over 500 student-athletes.

Stockman is challenging all ACC Volleyball programs to designate a match in October for mental health awareness. League-wide, the ACC has provided all its schools’ student-athletes, coaches and staff with free access to the Calm App this year, a popular app for relaxation and meditation.

Fans are encouraged to wear the color green to Friday’s match. Green is the symbolic color of mental health awareness and is associated in helping fight the stigma that comes along with the term.

The Florida State Athletics Marketing staff will also provide green ribbons prior to the match at Tully Gym that fans can wear. Both the Seminoles and Wolfpack will also don green shoelaces to help recognize the cause, which has become a prevalent issue in today’s world only emphasized more by popular athletes such as Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka.

The first 100 fans can also write an encouraging Mental Health Matters message on mini posters that will be displayed at Tully Gym. Separate from the mental health awareness initiatives, Friday’s match will also include 2021 FSU Volleyball team poster giveaways.

The event will also include recognition of the many FSU and Tallahassee-based mental health professionals and wellness educators for the important work they do and the countless lives they impact.

Florida State Volleyball’s #URStrong hashtag stands for United. Resilient. Strong, which were three words chosen by the players prior to the season. Shortened for #URStrong, the hashtag serves as a reminder of the difficulties many have been faced with during the COVID-19 pandemic, both mentally and physically, and provides a message of hope that you can come back stronger.

For those who cannot attend Friday’s match, the mental health awareness initiative will be talked about and shown on the streaming broadcast on ACC Network Extra.

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