Brochures, Fact Sheets, Guides and Toolkits
Managing student-athletes' mental health issues
This handbook emphasizes the mind and body connection, highlighting the importance of student-athletes' mental health and the potential of mental health to impact one's physical health. The goal of this handbook is to help coaches and other school staff working with student-athletes identify students who are at risk for mental disorders. This handbook serves as a guide that explores various mental disorders including substance use disorders and mood, anxiety, and eating disorders. It also provides guidance on helping student-athletes manage responsibilities during their recovery.
Resources for athletes
This Resources for Athletes page of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Web site provides a brief description of the benefits of sport psychology for athletes, describing it as an opportunity to enhance physical skills with mental skills. This page also provides a list of articles for athletes on topics related to managing one's mental health as an athlete, enhancing self-awareness, and dealing with different emotions, such as anger and disappointment in competition.
Stigma of mental illness in athletes
The American Psychiatric Association Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives web page focuses on many of the negative and harmful attitudes and beliefs held about mental disorders and how they impact athletes. One key point made regarding mental disorders and athletes is that athletes experience the same types of mental health challenges at the same rate as the general population. Confidence and challenges in sports are also explored, as these two factors have the potential to make athletes more vulnerable to mental disorders such as anxiety and/or depression.