Mental Health Awareness

 
Mental Health is a major factor in our sport. Everyone from Coaches, Officials, to Swimmers need help at some point in their life. Mental health is not something to be afraid to talk to someone about. Below are some resources for you and athletes.

Mental Health Resources

From Panelist Karen Nelson:

 

Calm App

Guided meditations and mindfulness to manage stress and anxiety

 

National Association of Mental Illness

https://www.nami.org/Home

Various resources on a wide span of topics as well as a service to find local care and resources

 

National Suicide Hotline

Call 800-273-8255 or text 741 741

Staffed 24/7 with mental health professionals 

 

From the swimming/sport community:

 

USOPC Mental Health Webpage

https://www.teamusa.org/mentalhealth

Resources, articles and services to find local providers

 

NCAA Mental Health Webpage

https://www.ncaa.org/sport-science-institute/mental-health-educational-resources

Great resource for both athletes and non-athletes. Information on coping with mental illness and how to support athletes

 

USA Swimming Mental Health Web

https://www.usaswimming.org/parents/popular-resources/mental-health-and-wellness

Great resources for mental training, mental toughness and athlete testimony about mental struggles

 

Tom Sheilds Opens Up About Mental Health Struggles

https://swimswam.com/tom-shields-openly-discusses-suicide-attempt-ups-downs-of-the-olympic-quad/


 

Other Resources:

 

Guided Meditation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPFayxlm_ms

Great free resource to start with mindfulness and meditation

 

 
    
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