Tonight’s game against Florida State, the UNC women’s soccer team, as part of the Carolina family, wants to highlight a topic that’s really important to us – mental health.
This semester, our campus mourned the loss of three students who committed suicide. We don’t want to wait for more tragedies to happen to start talking about mental health.
In the game, you will see more than 40 stickers hanging around the football field. Every member of our team wrote something to encourage you, something to give you hope. Green is the color of mental health awareness, which is why there will be green posters, green ribbons, green hair bows, and sidewalk chalk around the stadium.
Also, when you enter the stadium, there will be a table with balloons to blow up and attached to the fence around the stadium. We invite you to decorate it and write the name of someone you want to honor and have struggled with mental health.
Our team will also reserve three seats on the bench to honor those who lost their lives by suicide at UNC this semester.
As a program, we want to send a message that you are loved, worthy, important, and the world is a better place with you in it. Mental health is health and mental health is treatable. Everyone fights their own battles daily and you don’t have to suffer in silence. You are never alone.
Please continue to share this message with your loved ones. We are all in this together!
See you in the game and GO HEELS!
Carolina women’s soccer team
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Crisis text line: 741741
CAPS 24/7 Number: 919-966-3658