If you feel you can’t talk to anyone in your immediate support circle about some of the issues you are going through – that’s okay! There are many external and anonymous ways of getting support. Just don’t leave it for too long before seeking the help you need.
Many athletes tend to carry a shame or stigma around asking for help with emotional and mental issues for fear of acknowledging a “weakness” or fearing everyone else knowing about it. Actually, acknowledging a problem and dealing with it shows a great depth of strength. The programmed way of dealing with problems is to sweep them under the carpet or put them in the BACKPACK, but we are all beginning to realize now that that is an ineffective response.
We live in an age where we don’t have to suffer in silence any more. Life becomes so much easier when we go about dealing with our fears, insecurities and troubles.
Below is a list of mental health organisations contacts for immediate help and also for preventative measures. The beauty of the internet is that these sites can be accessed from everywhere. The links below are from a few different countries and regions.
Most regions have 24/7 counsellors and people you can talk to completely anonymously. This is a very powerful and beneficial resource to have and should be used when needed.
If you or someone you know are in need of immediate help, please call 000 (or the emergency services in your country).
We are always keeping an eye out for more. If you can recommend a resource that will be of assistance to athletes please let us know.
Links to contacts and support relating to depression and anxiety