UK Sport's mental health programme to support 'every athlete'
Leisure Opportunities
Job search
Job Search
see all jobs
Latest job opportunities
star job
Urban Retreat
Competitive
Knightsbridge, London, UK
New Hall School
£12,735, pro rata (full time equivalent £17,332pa)
Boreham, Chelmsford, UK
Lex Leisure
Competitive
Nottingham, UK
Tractor Ted
Competitive
Radstock, UK
University of Bath
Starting from £33,797, rising to £40,322
Bath, UK

UK Sport's mental health programme to support 'every athlete'

Training opportunities
Legoland
Competitive Salary
location: Goshen, NY, USA
training opportunity
Institute of Swimming
location: Nationwide, United Kingdom
training opportunity
Creative Sport & Leisure
location: Basildon, UK
more training
High-performance sport is a world which can place unique demands upon people

Elite agency UK Sport has launched a Mental health education programme aimed at supporting every athlete across the UK’s high-performance system.

Operated in partnership with the English Institute of Sport (EIS), the initiative will be delivered to all 43 UK Sport-funded sports and aims to reach all 1,200 athletes on world-class programmes.

Promoting positive mental health will be at the core of the scheme, which looks to activate coaches and support staff and encourage them to develop self-care strategies in the run-up to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The programme will be delivered through a series of workshops, in conjunction with applied psychologists from Changing Minds UK.

The workshops will share best practice developed by EIS psychologists and performance lifestyle advisors. The workshops will include advice on how coaches and performance directors can promote and facilitate positive mental health on their programmes and provide advice and guidance on techniques and strategies to enable people to maximise their wellbeing.

The workshops will also reflect the individual characteristics of the sport they are targeting.

“High-performance sport is a world which can place unique demands upon people," said Dame Katherine Grainger, Chair of UK Sport.

"It’s essential we all do as much as we can to support athletes, coaches and support staff, helping to create an environment that promotes and facilitates positive mental health.

“Mental health matters to everyone and from my own experience I’m aware that as an athlete your overwhelming goal is to be the best athlete you can possibly be and to do that you must be able to develop as a person and be happy and supported in that world. It is important to have structures in place to encourage people’s personal development as well as their personal progress.”

Dr James Bell, UK Sport's head of mental health, added: "The importance of mental health is now much more widely recognised in elite sport, yet much of the conversation about it still tends to focus on mental health as an issue or a problem.

"These new measures are designed to encourage sports and athletes to talk more openly about the subject and to also consider the importance of positive mental health in their everyday life as well as their sporting life.

“Mental health is as important as physical health, so in the same way that athletes take steps to optimise their physical health and prevent injuries and illnesses, we are also trying to encourage them to think about ways in which they can maximise their mental health.

“The education programme encourages athletes to consider factors that influence their mental health and think about strategies to promote positive mental health in an elite sport environment. This applies not just to athletes but also for the coaches and support staff that work incredibly hard to support them.”

The launch of the programme follows the recent establishment of an expert panel to support the provision of mental health services to elite athletes.

Made up of specialist clinical psychologists and sports psychiatrists, the panel will provide advice on complex, challenging cases and are able to call-upon specialists with niche expertise to guide the treatment of particular conditions.

The announcement also coincides with the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, which is taking place between 13 and 19 May 2019.

For more information on Mental Health Week,

click here for the campaign website:

• To read an article in which experts discuss mental health first aid in sport and fitness, click here for HCM magazine Issue 5.

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Elite agency UK Sport has launched a mental health education programme aimed at supporting every athlete across the UK’s high-performance system.
SAR,TRA,PUB
imagesX/THUMB341825_467836_180570.jpg

More News

1 - 15 of 42,382
23 Jan 2020
Tech giant Apple is venturing further into the wellness space by launching a new Apple Watch Connected programme, designed to reward gym members for wearing ... More
23 Jan 2020
Bells + Whistles have designed a "social wellness club" in Los Angeles that has been conceived to help people reset mentally and physically from the ... More
23 Jan 2020
Sheffield Hallam University’s Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) will officially open on 24 January. The facility, which forms the centrepiece of the Sheffield Olympic Legacy ... More
23 Jan 2020
Snap Fitness has made international expansion its priority for 2020, with plans to enter new territories during the year. The franchised fitness chain saw healthy ... More
22 Jan 2020
Action PR have created a new studio design for Everyone Active 's Fortis Powered by Speedflex fitness brand that is focussed on inclusivity and integrates ... More
22 Jan 2020
Gold's Gym completed 22 US franchise agreements and a total of 35 new openings worldwide during 2019 – the most in a single year in ... More
Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS)
Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS)
22 Jan 2020
Researchers at the University of Brighton in the UK have been experimenting with 3D printing technologies as a way of democratising cultural heritage, as well ... More
22 Jan 2020
Five times as many young people want to work in leisure sectors such as sport, arts, culture and entertainment as there are jobs available. The ... More
21 Jan 2020
Francl Architecture have created a new ice sports centre in the Canadian city of Surrey, British Columbia, with a vast timber roof that recalls the ... More
21 Jan 2020
F45 is expanding its UK footprint with the launch of two new studios in Manchester. The Australia-based franchised operator already has a presence in a ... More
21 Jan 2020
East Herts Council is investing £33m to improve its leisure property portfolio. The funding will be used to redevelop facilities at Grange Paddocks, Hartham and ... More
21 Jan 2020
The 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games will be accompanied by UK-wide festival celebrating "creativity and innovation". The festival has been backed by £120m funding from government ... More
ukactive
ukactive
20 Jan 2020
Trafford Council has approved plans to build a new 4,850-seater stand at Emirates Old Trafford – the home of Lancashire Cricket. The new stand will ... More
20 Jan 2020
Scotland's new multi-million pound Regional Performance Centre for Sport has opened in Dundee. The £32m multi-sport facility houses a full-size indoor artificial pitch and an ... More
17 Jan 2020
Avanton, a London-based property developer, has announced plans to create an alligator farm and enclosure to be built on the UK capital's Old Kent Road. ... More
Alliance Leisure
Alliance Leisure
1 - 15 of 42,382