Get The Right Support


Getting The Right Support Is A Game Changer




Facing Mental Illness Alone Is Not A Good Game Plan

Michigan Gymnast Encourages Fellow Athletes to Seek Help for Athletes Connected

Strong athletes and people reach out for support in order to stay at their best. If you, or an athlete you care about may be facing a mental health challenge, give yourself, or them permission to find the right support. Mental health challenges should not be managed alone. No one wins when they in suffer silence or shame.

Finding the right support is a game changer and is necessary to keep strong in sports and life.



Strong athletes and people reach out for support in order to stay at their best. If you, or an athlete you care about may be facing a mental health challenge, give yourself, or them permission to find the right support. Mental health challenges should not be managed alone. No one wins when they in suffer silence or shame.

Finding the right support is a game changer and is necessary to keep strong in sports and life.

Michigan Gymnast Encourages Fellow Athletes to Seek Help for Athletes Connected

Strong athletes and people reach out for support in order to stay at their best. If you, or an athlete you care about may be facing a mental health challenge, give yourself, or them permission to find the right support. Mental health challenges should not be managed alone. No one wins when they in suffer silence or shame.

Finding the right support is a game changer and is necessary to keep strong in sports and life.





There Are Many Ways To Find The Right Support

Mental health care is available by a variety of professionals including clinical psychologists and psychiatrists. When seeking support for mental health care, it is important for athletes to clearly share and explain their reality, including their sport-related goals, demands, difficulties, and aspirations. Mental health professionals can often lack sport-specific knowledge and competencies to tailor information and treatment in order to address the distinctive needs and challenges of athletes.

Find Support With:
Clinical Psychologists

Athletes with a potential mental health issue (eg. anxiety, depression, eating disorder, ) should seek support from clinical psychologists who can administer psychological tests to assess different mental disorders and use psychotherapies to manage or overcome difficulties.

 

Click below to find a list of licensed psychologists in your area:

Findapsychologist.ca

Canadian Psychcology Association

American Psychology Association

Psychology Today


Coaches

Coaches play a significant role in facilitating athletes’ mental health. Coaches who create a supportive climate can help their athletes flourish and maintain a high level of well-being, even when athletes have a mental illness diagnosis. By talking to a trusted coach about mental health, an athlete can increase their support system and make their time in sport one where they feel comfortable, accepted and supported. If an athlete is struggling to reach out to their coach or sport leaders, a good starting point might be asking if there are mental health resources available to themselves or their teammates. Many teams and associations have guidelines in place for coaches to direct an athlete to the appropriate care and resources where needed. While coaches can be an important member of an athlete’s community, it is crucial to remember that coaches are not licensed mental health professionals and  are unable to provide mental health care.


Doctor

Speaking to a doctor/physician is often the recommended first step if someone is concerned about their mental health. A physician is a trained medical professional who can provide advice and diagnosis of mental illnesses, as well as referrals to other health professionals (for example a Psychiatrist) for further assistance. They can help you find immediate local support and can refer you to a trusted specialist.

 

If you are questioning your mental health or are requiring support: call your family doctor, visit a walk-in clinic or, if in crisis, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.


Sport Psychologists

Sport Psychologists and Mental Performance Consultants (MPCs) help athletes optimize their performance and daily functioning, which is an important component of their mental health. They provide support and training to help athletes improve their athletic performance and adapt to the normal pressures and demands of their sport and daily life. They work on an individual or team basis as a member of an integrated support team comprised of coaches, physiotherapists, and strength and conditioning specialists, to name a few. MPCs fully understand the complexities of the sport environment and tailor their service delivery approaches to meet the unique needs and challenges of athletes. When they suspect clinical issues, they refer athletes to clinical psychologists or psychiatrists.


Psychiatrist

Psychiatrists are physicians with a specialty in diseases of the mind and other dysfunctional behaviors. Like psychologists, psychiatrists are trained to deliver psychotherapies, but they can also prescribe medications that are sometimes necessary to treat certain mental illnesses in athletes. With a focus on treatment of symptoms via medication and/or therapeutic interventions, psychiatrists aim to return their patients to previous levels of functioning. They compliment their work by partnering with other members of a mental health care team that focus on building resilience skills in order to help athletes gain control over their everyday life and challenges. Athletes require a referral to see a psychiatrist.


Support Agencies

There are a number of local and national organizations that can direct you to information and support, specific to mental health issues. Help your mental health by getting informed.

Click below to discover a list of specialized support in your area.

Anxiety

Depression

Body Images and Eating Disorders

Substance Abuse

Self Harm


* This information is intended to be informative and is not an exhaustive list of available help. If you are unsure about your mental health, speak with your doctor. If you are under the age of majority, you may need to seek permission from your legal guardians before seeking help from certain healthcare providers.

* This information is intended to be informative and is not an exhaustive list of available help. If you are unsure about your mental health, speak with your doctor. If you are under the age of majority, you may need to seek permission from your legal guardians before seeking help from certain healthcare providers.


The new Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport (CCMHS) was created in response to the lack of specialized, multidisciplinary mental health care for competitive athletes and coaches in Canada. This Centre will feature a specialized integrated mental health care model and team that will facilitate the promotion, improvement, and advancement of mental health and treatment of mental illness in competitive athletes. The premise underlying the creation of this unique Centre is that the provision of athlete-focused integrated services by a team of practitioners with expertise in both sport and mental health will lead to effective, timely, and reliable mental health care for athletes. This, in turn, will facilitate positive experiences, successful athletic performance, and retention of athletes in sport. The CCMHS will be the first of its kind in North America. It is currently under development and the integrated mental health care model will be pilot tested with athletes in the Fall of 2018.


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The new Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport (CCMHS) was created in response to the lack of specialized, multidisciplinary mental health care for competitive athletes and coaches in Canada. This Centre will feature a specialized integrated mental health care model and team that will facilitate the promotion, improvement, and advancement of mental health and treatment of mental illness in competitive athletes. The premise underlying the creation of this unique Centre is that the provision of athlete-focused integrated services by a team of practitioners with expertise in both sport and mental health will lead to effective, timely, and reliable mental health care for athletes. This, in turn, will facilitate positive experiences, successful athletic performance, and retention of athletes in sport. The CCMHS will be the first of its kind in North America. It is currently under development and the integrated mental health care model will be pilot tested with athletes in the Fall of 2018.




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