February 16, 2021
For this week's Teaching Tuesday, we wanted to check in on all of our Georgia swimming members' mental health. We know just how tough the last year has been on everyone, especially those involved in sports, and it is so important to conduct frequent check-ins with yourself and those around you. Even with swim meets being held more frequently nowadays, all swimmers, parents, officials, coaches, and other swim volunteers have had days when the impact of COVID-19 has been harder than others.
What should people look for in someone that might be struggling with their mental health?
- Someone feels sad or overwhelmed for days at a time
- Sudden mood swings
- Excessive worrying
- Intense worries or fears
- A sudden and drastic change in behavior
*There might be other signs that someone is struggling, this is not an exhaustive list*
For more information about how swimmers, coaches, officials, parents, and other swimming volunteers can check in on their mental health and for more resources, check out these links:
- SwimSwam: Mental Health Matters, Even For Tough As Nails Swimmers
- MentalHealth.org: For Parents And Caregivers
- Swimming World Magazine: 10 Things Swimmers with Mental Illness Want Coaches to Know
- SwimSwam: Mental Health for Coaches: Are You Living a Sustainable Lifestyle?