The UVA Student-Athlete Mentor group hosted a talk on Sunday night to talk about cultivating awareness and understanding of depression and anxiety. The SAM program was developed at the University of Virginia in 1989 as a joint effort between the Athletics Department and the Institute for Substance Abuse Studies (now the Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention).   A Student-Athlete Mentor serves as a peer to peer resource to other students on his or her team to help prevent substance abuse.  SAMs receive valuable training in alcohol and other drug abuse prevention throughout the year and learn to use educational and professional resources to support their efforts. For more information on the program, click here.

The #UVAWLax team met with some outside mentors, taking a visit to the Charlottesville Fire Department’s Station 10 to hear about the “Give Up Your Keys” program that focuses on preventing drunk and distracted driving.