Teaching Tuesday: USA Swimming Introduces National Team Mental Health Program

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 win!

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 swimmers.  

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.