UNC sports psychology continues to work with athletes’ mental health through COVID-19 – The Daily Tar Heel

When Eva Smolenaars first arrived at Chapel Hill as a first-year, some of the first people she came in contact with were members of the Carolina Athletics Mental Health and Performance Psychology Program (AMP).

The field hockey player from the Netherlands was feeling homesick, so she decided to start scheduling weekly individual visits with Jeni Shannon, the director of AMP.

“It first started off just talking about how to deal with being homesick, and just adjusting to a different culture and being by myself and surrounded by people I don’t already know,” Smolenaars said. “However, after a while I started realizing that I had deeper issues that I had to deal with, and one of them was that I was struggling with an eating disorder.”

Smolenaars worked closely with Shannon for years in her recovery. Now a senior, she no longer attends regular
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