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.
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
- www.milesplit.com/articles/211759-dear-younger-me-lauren-fleshman Lauren Fleshman's message to her younger self - particularly relevant for female athletes and coaches of female athletes
- www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36880847 Prince Harry speaks about mental health, depression and grieving at Heads Together event.
- Young minds - young people's mental health and wellbeing
- SANE - mental health charity
- Winston's wish - childhood bereavement charity
- Cruse - bereavement care
- Bereavement advice centre
- Bereavement UK
- Child bereavement UK - supporting families, educating professionals
- Samaritans - 24/7 support
- The Compassionate Friends - for those suffering the loss of a child
- Sands - for those affected by the loss of a baby
- Grief Encounter - for children and families
- Merry Widow
- SAMM - Support after murder or manslaughter
More resources and links are presently being developed and will be added, so please keep checking back.