Creating Mentally Healthy Sports Communities

For longer term mental health of athletes and those involved in sport, it is important to consider how we can create a culture where mental health is valued, taken seriously, spoken about openly, and that support is available.

Normalise Mental Health Conversations

Either by opening up about your own experiences, or including mental health as a topic when you discuss overall wellbeing in sport. It shouldn't just be about physical health.

Consider Implementing Champions

Whether these are 'mental health champions' who can drive initiatives, or formal Mental Health First Aiders, it is important that there is someone who those involved with sport can turn to if they want advice or support.

Offer Training and Development

Include mental health and wellbeing courses as part of athlete, coach and sports venue colleague development. There are many free courses offered by charities, and some can be found on Eventbrite.

Challenge Unhelpful Behaviours

Call out and challenge language, and behaviour which propagates stigma against mental health, and reinforces negative stereotypes.

Signpost to Support

Make sure support is clearly signposted, so that those who are struggling know where to go and where to find resources if they are unwell.

Water Sports

Please note, this information is not intended to encourage people to self-diagnose. Please seek help from a medical professional if you feel that you need support with your mental health.


If you need urgent mental health support please contact Samaritans on 116 123. If your life is in danger, call 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E. There is no shame in asking for help.