World Mental Health Day: UK Sport and EIS introduce new plan to help British Athletes
On World Mental Health Day , UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport (EIS) have launched a new Mental Health Strategy to support the uncomfortable and high pressures that athletes may endure through high-performance sport.
Katherine Grainger, Chair of UK Sport and former Olympian said ‘it is just as important to take care of athletes’ mental needs as their physical ones’. She added ‘In both sport and society, it is vital that we work towards creating the most positive mental health environment whenever possible."
The new strategy will focus on four key elements – education, provision, communication and assurance. The aim is to ultimately help produce ‘a positive mental health environment’ for British Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
Dr Rod Jaques, Director of medical services at EIS stated ‘"The new Mental Health Strategy and the other measures we are promoting today demonstrate that our work in the area is consistently evolving and improving as we move forward."