Mental Health In Football

Athletes who participate in sports on a regular basis may have better general physical health than their non-athletic peers, but the same cannot be said for mental health.

Mental HealthBut what do we mean by ‘Mental Health’?

We all experience ‘mental health’. It’s dynamic, it goes up and down for all of us depending on our current circumstances. Most of the time we can manage these ups and downs from our own coping abilities and without support from others around us.

However, at times we do require the support of others. These relationships are key, especially for young people.

It is reported that both athletic and non-athletic individuals experience similar rates of mental illness regardless of their participation in sports.

However, sports also offer its own mental health stressors that athletes are vulnerable to. On a daily basis, a player can experience a range of specific stressors within the sporting environment.

At MiMentor, we are committed to helping football coaches and players to develop, but that’s not just from a technical or tactical point of view.

With our team of expert mentors, our courses are aimed at supporting all areas of the game – many of which can often be overlooked, particularly when it comes to mental health and wellbeing.

This week we celebrated World Mental Health Day with the theme ‘make Mental Health and Wellbeing for all a global priority’. 

So here at MiMentor, we wanted to remind you of the courses and free resources that will help you to develop your understanding of mental health and wellbeing and to support those around you.

We have a series of courses and free resources below that will help coaches, players and anyone involved in the game develop their understanding of mental health and wellbeing and support those around them…

These are available to enrol on individually, and all are included as part of a MiMentor Subscription, which is FREE for the first seven days.

Find out more here, or click the courses below…

Supporting the Mental Health of your players Supporting The Mental Health Of Your Players

This course has been co-designed by a multidisciplinary team consisting of specialist mental health practitioners, performance psychologists and football coaches working in grassroots and academy settings.

The team have used their experiences and observations to provide transferable skills to coaches, providing a coach with a ‘mental health toolkit’ to support their players.

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Avoiding Coach Burnout

The job of a football coach, whether full-time professional or a part-time volunteer, is recognised as a role that brings with it numerous demands, from administrative duties to the more technical aspects.

In this course, we look at how coaches can help themselves to prevent some of the issues that can affect them both mentally and physically, and avoid burnout.

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Resilience In Football Resilience In Football

In this course, we look at the topic of ‘resilience’ and some important areas that individuals, clubs and organisations can consider to support those they work with, and those that work for them, to help them enhance their resilience.

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Emotional Intelligence An Introduction To Emotional Intelligence

No doubt you have heard the words ‘Emotional Intelligence’ being used within the sports coaching context over and over again. In this course, we explore this vital area for coaches and players.

Ask yourself, and be honest, how clear are you on what these words mean and whose Emotional Intelligence we are referring to? Yours as the coach? Your coaching staff and colleagues? Or the participants, players and athletes you coach?

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Emotional Development of Youth Football Player Coaching the Emotional Development Of A Youth Football Player

This sports psychology course, developed by our expert mentor Dr Philippa McGregor, explores the adolescent years of players.

It will help coaches to develop a greater awareness and understanding of the developmental changes occurring during this period and provide some key considerations for coaches, support staff and parents.

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Self-Awareness Developing Self-Awareness In Your Players

In this free module, part of our Emotional Intelligence series, we delve into the area of self-awareness and how you as a coach can help your players to develop key skills on their own Emotional Intelligence journey.

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FREE Download DOWNLOAD: Mental Health Manual For Coaches

This free download provides coaches with the tools they need to build on the mental strength and emotional fitness of their players.

It has been written and developed by mental health practitioners and coaches and is based on recommended practice by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence.

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