Mental health is extremely
important, but most swimmers and athletes do not realize it is as
important as your physical and emotional health. Recently, USA
Swimming has taken a huge initiative to help support the mental
health to all National Team athletes which is a HUGE
USA Swimming, the national governing body for
swimming in the United States, and Talkspace, the global
leader in telebehavioral health, today announced the
launch of a new mental health service available at no
cost to all National Team athletes, as well as 2016 Olympic
This new initiative further emphasizes USA
Swimming’s goal of continuously improving overall athlete
health and safety. Supporting athletes and helping them be their
best goes beyond training support and physical health resources.
Mental health is a major component of an athlete’s
performance and development – both while competing and in
preparation for their post-athletic career.
“Our role in the National Team division is
to support our National Team athletes and to understand how we best
provide for their physical, emotional and mental well-being,”
USA Swimming Managing Director Lindsay Mintenko said.
“Partnering with a leader such as Talkspace to
provide easy, reliable access to mental health services will
hopefully motivate more athletes to prioritize their mental health,
while also creating a legion of inspiring role models for
the younger generations to further the dialogue to stamp
out the stigma.”
You can read more about it
here on USA Swimming.