McCallie’s goal is threefold — “awareness, education and an openness,” she said — and added that one key was the inclusion of Holdsclaw.The Southeastern Conference’s career scoring leader (3,025 points) and Tennessee’s career rebounding leader (1,295 rebounds) also made six WNBA All-Star teams and has become a speaker on mental health issues while discussing her own off-court struggles, which include a 2006 suicide attempt as well as a 2012 arrest that resulted in a probation sentence.“If you play free in basketball, that’s always such a great analogy — ‘I just played free, that basket seemed like it was bigger,’” McCallie said. “To me, that’s playing free. In this regard, you need to be free. I want individuals to understand, to work on that freedom. Whatever that issue is, that it doesn’t define them.”ADVERTISEMENT “I think everybody needs to be in a place where they can feel like they can get help without a stigma attached,” McCallie said Saturday.The women’s basketball program partnered with the NBA, the university’s counseling services department and the Jed Foundation, a nonprofit that works with colleges and high schools on suicide prevention, to hold the event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMcCallie came up with the idea while consulting with her staff members, Dr. Danielle Oakley of the university’s counseling department, and Shawn Zeplin, Duke’s director of behavioral health, upon her return from that funeral last summer.“I was in the church, and call it an epiphany or call it grace or whatever you want,” McCallie said. “That was my breaking point, to try to do something — (but) I had no idea what something was.” ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Rams’ Todd Gurley says he doesn’t care about Super Bowl role View comments Duke women’s basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie, right, and former Tennessee player Chamique Holdsclaw speak to Duke players during the team’s NCAA college basketball practice in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. Coach McCallie and Duke hope to erase the stigma of mental health issues with their inaugural “Mental Wealth Day.” (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)DURHAM, N.C. — Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie was attending the funeral of an ex-teammate’s daughter who died by suicide when she knew she had to do something.McCallie and the Blue Devils are hosting what they say is women’s college basketball’s first “Mental Wealth Day” before and during their game against No. 13 Syracuse on Sunday, with former Tennessee and WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw serving as the keynote speaker for a pregame discussion about mental health issues.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.