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Mental Health Resources

Why this matters

Mental health issues are a real, but treatable illness, and you are not alone. If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or need someone to talk to, please take action now by calling 1-800-273-8255 or by visiting suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

This story or pages it links to discuss suicide and depression which may be upsetting to some people. If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or need someone to talk to, please skip to the bottom of this article for resources.

The Global Sport Matters Team cares for the health and safety of all its readers. This resource is meant to help navigate the challenging experiences related to mental health in and outside of sport. As Dr. Amber Cargill of the NFLPA said during an episode of GSM Live: The State of Mental Health in Sport, “Getting mental health treatment is becoming a part of the fabric of being an athlete.”

Mental health issues can manifest themselves in many ways, and uniquely for those whose identities may tie into the vast and dynamic world of sport. At the intersection of mental health and sport, we've seen stories from wrestlers facing performance stress, body image issues, drops in academic performance, altered relationships with food, and even how it impacts individuals' interactions and relationships with others. In any case, each mental health journey is relevant, valid, and worthy of care.

Below is a resource guide which aims to be helpful, but is by no means exhaustive. If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately. Find global emergency hotlines here.


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If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.

For a global list of country-specific emergency and suicide hotlines see this resource.