How the Big Ten Is Making Mental Health a Growing Priority

Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren speaks of mental fitness with the intent and enthusiasm of a motivational speaker. The message is powerful — the message inherent in his decision to deliver it even more so. The first major public initiative of Warren’s tenure as only the sixth Big Ten Conference commissioner is directed toward neither money nor academics, the poles that hold up the intercollegiate athletic tent.

It is the Mental Health and Wellness Cabinet, a group of 31 experts gathered from the league’s 14 institutions, plus affiliate members Johns Hopkins and Notre Dame.

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