Sacramento State Athletics is making strides towards best practices for Student-Athlete Mental Health & Wellness. By connecting student-athletes with available campus resources and providing programming opportunities, Athletics looks to prepare student-athletes beyond the playing field. The resources listed below can be found on-campus in Athletics and in the Student Health & Counseling Services located in the WELL.

Athletics Center

Sport Psychologist, Dr. Gloria Petruzzelli

Dr. Gloria Petruzzelli is the first licensed clinical psychologist and sport psychologist to be housed in an athletics department in the California State University system. Petruzzelli spent five years working in the department of Student Health and Counseling Services and specializes in providing sport psychology services as well as treatment of student-athlete mental health issues. She has extensive experience working with NCAA Div. I student-athletes, elite athletes, and competitive age-group athletes and serves as a resource for our student-athletes on-campus. Student-athletes interested in scheduling an appointment, please call or email Gloria, 916-278-5414 (office) or email:


“Coping with Being Sidelined”

Injury Support Group

For all D1 student-athletes coping with an athletic injury. This confidential group will discuss ways to cope with the issues noted below but also provide a number of psychological strategies that have been shown to be helpful for athletes in the midst of injury. However, one main theme that emerges with vigor in the research on the psychology of injury is the importance of social support during the rehabilitation phase.  This includes coaches and athletic trainers, but also refers to general social support systems. This group aims to help athletes maintain social support and contact with other student-athletes whom can relate.


As many of you know there are various factors affecting the athlete’s injury experience, including severity of injury, extent of sport participation, and pre-injury personality, but it is not uncommon for athletes to experience some or all of the following:

  • Isolation:  Athletes often feel isolated and lonely when they are injured.  This is especially true if they had been part of a team prior to injury or if their pursuit involved training with a group of athletes from whom they may now feel disconnected. 
  • Anxiety:  Athletes may experience heightened levels of anxiety, both regarding their sense of identity and their capacity for healing and recovery. 
  • Fear of Re-injury:  Injured athletes often have a heightened experience of vulnerability after an injury.  As they work towards re-entry into their sport or another activity, they may fear getting injured again.  
  • Depression:  When an individual’s primary source of enjoyment is removed via injury, it is not surprising that mood will be affected.  There is often a component of negative affect and depression associated with injury timeouts. 
  • Low Self-Esteem:  Related to one’s identity, self-esteem can suffer when one is injured.  If an athlete’s sense of him/herself is challenged, esteem can take a plunge, and feelings of worthlessness can emerge


Additional Resources

The NCAA also provides educational modules for Student-Athletes, Coaches, and Faculty Athletics Representatives on seeking resources for mental wellness.  The goal is to bring awarness to wellness and destigmatize and normalize seeking mental health help. Click here for the NCAA Supporting Student-Athlete Mental Wellness page.



Support from Teammates and Hornet Student-Athletes

Student-Athlete Advisory Committtee (S.A.A.C.) - Reach out to your SAAC team representatives

Workshops via Student Health & Counseling Services: Anxiety Management, Emotional Wellness, Mindfulness

Wellness Resources via Student Health & Counseling Services: (LOCATED at the WELL on-campus) Alcohol, Other Drugs, Healthy Relationships, Nutrition

Active Minds

Changing the conversation surrounding mental health, Active Minds strives to educate the campus community about mental health and emotional wellness such as depression, anxiety, suicide prevention, body image, and stress management.  Services offered includes outreach, awareness campaigns, workshops, and presentations for the Sac State community.

  • Stigma Fighter 101: This presentation teaches students about mental health among college students including anxiety, depression and stress. Peer-led discussion also reviews how to help a friend and campus resources.
    • By the end of the presentation, students will be able to:
      • Recognize signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions
      • Discuss mental health stigma
      • List at least 2 common stressors that impact mental health
      • Identify resources available on campus to help a friend or themselves pertaining to mental health
  • Stress Less, Worry Less: Learn simple techniques to manage stress that college students face including balancing family obligations, academic work and friends in a healthy manner. Participants will also determine their own personal "Stress Style."
    • By the end of the presentation, students will be able to: 
      • Describe the difference between eustress and chronic/negative stress
      • Recognize the effect of negative stress on overall health and well-being
      • List at least 3 self-care and stress management techniques
      • Identify resources available on campus pertaining to stress management

Workshops can be found here

Click here for Additional Counseling Services

Click here for Additional Wellness Resources