Athlete Services

Mental Health

We Are Team USA. Mental Health Awareness Month

 

Experiencing A Mental Health Emergency?

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room. If you are a Team USA athlete and are looking to connect with a mental health provider (24/7) anywhere in the world who can assist in the management of mental health crises or provide resources related to mental health and wellness, please reach out to the Team USA Mental Health Support Line at +1 (719) 866-CALL.


Our Commitment to Mental Health

As part of our mission, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) is committed to promoting sustained well-being for Team USA athletes. More than ever, it is critical that the USOPC empower those who are in need to seek mental health assistance, while proactively delivering mental health resources and services.    
 
At the USOPC, we believe that competitive excellence and well-being work hand in hand, and at their best, reinforce one another. That is why we created the athlete services division in February 2019, to advance the support and resources available to Team USA athletes – specifically in the areas of athlete safety, mental health, wellness, and career and education. The new structure moved oversight of sports medicine and mental health to the athlete services division, creating separation between the people who support athlete wellness and those dedicated to athlete performance.  

With guidance from our dedicated team of medical and sport psychologists, our external Mental Health Taskforce and Mental Health Officers, and collaboration with other industry leaders and sport organizations, the USOPC strives to be a trusted resource in this area. 

Together, the Team USA community is raising awareness around mental health, educating athletes – and our broader U.S. Olympic and Paralympic community – on available resources and empowering those in need to seek assistance.

USOPC Services for Athletes

Welcome to the United States Olympic & Paralympic Mental Health Registry. Search for highly qualified, licensed mental health providers – including social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists – who have experience working with elite athletes. Providers in the registry have completed a background screening, as well as training from the U.S. Center for SafeSport and U.S. Anti-doping Agency or the World Antidoping Agency. 

Mental health providers are available across the country in the states where you are located and can connect with you through telemedicine. Please follow the link below to search for providers by state or by expertise:

Mental Health Registry Dashboard

Connect with the provider directly to schedule an appointment and be sure to inform them you are a Team USA athlete. Some providers accept insurance while others may not. This will be noted on the dashboard. All billing is to be arranged between the athlete and the provider.   

Your feedback is important to us as we look to continually improve the services available to athletes. We kindly ask for any feedback you can provide through our secure and anonymous survey. This may include specific feedback, concerns or suggestions regarding the process, the provider, or any other registry-related comments. All responses will be reviewed within 48 hours.

Please contact our Director, Mental Health Services, Dr. Jessica Bartley at jessica.bartley@usopc.org with any questions.

Feedback Survey

The USOPC also offers all athletes access to confidential counseling via ComPsych. To help athletes and their immediate families cope with the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), USOPC extended its ComPsych benefits program to all Team USA athletes, which provides unlimited 24/7 access to phone counseling with licensed mental health professionals, and other resources such as emotional and wellness support, financial and legal guidance, and more. Download this flyer for more information.

For more USOPC coronavirus updates and resources, click here.


The USOPC has contracted with a nationwide call center to create a confidential mental health support line that will be available to Team USA domestically and internationally 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Calling +1-719-866-CALL (or 2255) will connect Team USA athletes immediately to a licensed mental health provider who can assist in the management of mental health crises or provide resources related to mental health and wellness anywhere in the world. If necessary, Team USA athletes can also request follow-up from a USOPC Mental Health provider through this support line.
The USOPC has also acquired the WellTrack™ app for Team USA athletes. The WellTrack™ app provides athletes with a suite of online tools and courses that incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help identify, understand, and address their mental health. This app also connects directly to the Team USA mental health support line to manage mental health crises and/or provide mental health resources. The WellTrack™ app can be downloaded from the App Store and email Director, USOPC Mental Health Services, Dr. Jessica Bartley at jessica.bartley@usopc.org for the password.

Intel is supporting Team USA athletes during this unprecedented time by providing athletes access to tools that will help address the challenges created by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Through this service, Team USA athletes have access to hundreds of resources for focus, sleep, movement and more, including content designed for recovery, competition, training and motivation through Headspace Plus – a meditation and sleep app used by over 66 million people and clinically proven to reduce stress, improve happiness and increase focus. 

For Team USA athletes who are interested in accessing a Headspace membership, contact athleteservices@usopc.org.

Three independent mental health officers are working in collaboration with the USOPC’s athlete services division and external Mental Health Taskforce to develop a long-term mental health strategic plan that will further promote sustained and holistic athlete well-being. Since learning of the Games postponement to 2021, the officers’ immediate focus has centered on supporting the creation of a USOPC mental health registry, expanding telehealth offerings and developing an emergency action plan for the Team USA athlete community. Featuring various backgrounds and specialties, the mental health officers will be members of the USOPC’s Games staff in Tokyo as originally planned, and bring a variety of experiences to their new supporting roles.


Cody Commander, Olympic Mental Health Officer
Clinical and Sports Psychologist

Dr. Cody Commander is a clinical & sport psychologist. He is the owner of an interdisciplinary group private practice (Commander Counseling & Wellness) and is also the director of sport psychology for the University of Oklahoma athletics department. He received his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Wright State University and completed his doctoral internship at Ball State University Counseling Center. He has worked in the clinical setting since 2003, treating various mental health disorders.

Dr. Commander is also a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) from the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and is in the USOPC Sport Psychology Registry. He has worked with several professional athletes and organizations, Olympic athletes and teams, collegiate athletes and programs, elite youth athletes, and the Oklahoma City Ballet.


Emily Klueh, Paralympic Mental Health Officer
LMSW

Klueh is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a member of the athletic counseling team in the athletic department at the University of Michigan. Using evidence-based practices, Klueh’s primary responsibility is to provide mental health and sport performance clinical care and to aide in crisis management to student-athletes.

Klueh received her BA in psychology in 2010 from the University of Michigan and later graduated with a master’s degree in social work in 2016. She focuses her degree on social work in sports, working directly with student-athletes to improve their mental health and overall well-being.

Originally hailing from Kentucky, Klueh attended the University of Michigan on a swimming scholarship. While at Michigan, she became a NCAA champion and Big Ten Swimmer of the Year. She was an accomplished member of the U.S. National Swimming Team for 10 years and competed in two world championships, the Pan Pacific Championships, the Pan American Games and the World University Games.


Todd Stull, Paralympic Mental Health Officer
MD

Dr. Todd Stull is a medical doctor who is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine and has extensive clinical experience in evaluating and treating the mental health needs of college and professional athletes. Stull spent fifteen years at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in the athletic department. As the first full-time psychiatrist at an NCAA institution, Dr. Stull treated student-athletes from 24 sports for mental health and substance use issues.

He is active in numerous mental health initiatives concerning athletes. In 2018-2019, he served as a member of the International Olympic Committee Mental Health Work Group charged with developing mental health guidelines for Olympic athletes. He is serving in his second term as president of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry (ISSP), as well as sitting on the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports.

Dr. Stull is board-certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from Hastings College, where he was the quarterback of the Bronco football team. Stull received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska and completed his residency at Creighton-Nebraska Department of Psychiatry. He has earned the IOC Certificate in Drugs in Sports and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Team USA athletes – and the coaches, officials and administrators who serve them – have access to an external Mental Health Taskforce in support to address mental health concerns and promote sustained and holistic well-being throughout their complete athlete journey.

The 13-member taskforce is comprised of U.S. Olympians, Paralympians, coaches, medical and mental health professionals who are charged with developing best practices, resources and action plans to support the mental health needs of Team USA athletes – before, during and after competition – and advise USOPC staff who frequently engage with athletes, on and off the field of play. The group was organized in February 2020 and meets on a monthly basis with additional touch points, as needed.

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