Promoting good mental health and wellbeing

Last updated: 05 Sep 2014 Topics: Athlete wellbeing
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Sport is an integral part of our community, and can play a significant role in promoting the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing.

The World Health Organisation estimates that 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental illness at some point in our lives. NSPCC research into young people’s experience of sport found that 10% of young people involved in sport had self harmed.

Performance Matters, based on research commissioned by Mind, found that elite sportspeople fear that admitting a mental health problem will affect their career.

Many people at some point will be affected by poor mental health, which can lead to self harm or suicide. Contact us for guidance if you need support in dealing with the aftermath of a suicide within your sport. 

What you can do

Some things you can do to promote mental health and wellbeing (PDF) in your club or organisation are:

  • raise awareness of the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing and how this can have an impact on physical health
  • raise awareness of the risks of self harm and suicide within sport and steps to reduce these risks
  • highlight the importance of training for coaches and volunteers to help them to recognise early signs of emotional difficulty and know how to respond
  • create an environment where people can ask for help and support when needed

Download the CPSU briefing (PDF)