The Ontario government is partnering with CMHA Ontario to raise awareness of the impact of sports-related injuries on mental health. The province is investing up to $125,000 to provide educational resources to coaches and parents to help them recognize the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression in young athletes.
CMHA will use the funding to expand its educational programs promoting the mental health of young athletes and will include:
- Interactive e-learning modules for coaches
- Educational videos for young athletes tailored to specific age groups and specific content such as dealing with stress, anxiety and depression
- A Mental Health and Amateur Sport microsite to serve as entry point to modules, videos and downloadable resources/social media assets.
“The Canadian Mental Health Association has a proud history of supporting the mental health of athletes through our partnerships with junior hockey, post- secondary athletics and minor sports,” said Camille Quenneville, CEO of CMHA Ontario. “We’re excited to work with the government to provide further mental health supports for the amateur sport community, providing athletes life skills they can use on or off the rink, court or field of play.”
For more information on the announcement, visit the government of Ontario website.