Change Your Mind. Change The Game
Rethinking the stigma around mental health in sport
Mental Health Matters in Life and Sports
Everyone has mental health, just like everyone has physical health. Mental health impacts the daily life of all athletes. It helps support athletes to:
• Bring their best self to complete tasks
• Meet performance targets
• Maintain healthy relationships with others
“There is no health without mental health. Mental health is not merely the absence of disease, it is a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”. – The World Health Organization
It means being able to feel, think, and act in ways that enhance the ability to enjoy life and cope with daily stress and challenges.
It’s Time To Change Our Minds About Mental Health In Sports
Mental health impacts us all and yet there is a huge stigma surrounding it – especially in sport. With such a focus on being ‘tough’, ‘strong’, and ‘fearless’ in sports, it can be difficult to acknowledge when there is a problem, and even harder to ask for help.
If you see someone struggling, rethink your stigma and reach out; educate yourself about mental health and make yourself a game changer. Encourage others to seek help. Educate yourself on mental health and why it matters. Challenge your understanding of mental illness and be aware of your behaviour and your language. Become an advocate, and make talking about mental health a normal conversation.
We are the STRONGEST when we speak up and reach out, we are the TOUGHEST when we stand up for those who are struggling and we are the most FEARLESS when we agree there’s a problem and face it head on.
Change Your Mind about mental illness and Change The Game by making sport a place where we all feel supported and where we can all be at our best.