Mental Wellbeing

Mental Wellbeing

Everybody has mental health which, like physical health, can change throughout our lives. One in four people in the UK will be affected by mental illness in any year, the most common being depression and anxiety. So it should come as no surprise that elite sportspeople will face these issues too.

The experiences of Dame Kelly Holmes demonstrate that mental health is relevant to everyone in sport, even at the elite level.  In voicing her opinions athletes are tackling stigma in wider society.  But where these experiences remain hidden, it perpetuates the stigma and prevents others from speaking out and most importantly engaging with organisations to receive the professional specialist help and support they need.

Athletes experience a unique set of pressures in their jobs from winning championships to facing media scrutiny and meeting the high expectations of family, friends, sponsors along with the fans.

Click here for resources on mental health during exam periods.

Listen to what Jade has to say about the importance of mental wellbeing

Listen to what Jade has to say about her high points in athletics so far

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More resources and links are presently being developed and will be added, so please keep checking back.

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