Mental Health and Well-Being in Sport:A Pilot Educational Programme for Clubs

Gavin Breslin, Ciaran Kearney, Tandy Haughey

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Background: The World Health Organisation (2011) estimate that millions of people across the world experience mental health problems, with one in four experiencing a mental illness at some point in their lives. Purpose: To apply the Theory of Planned Behaviour (Ajzen, 1985) to evaluate the effects of the mental health training programme on sports coaches’ perceptions of mental health stigma and knowledge of mental health problems. Method: A sample of adult coaches (n=135) from a variety of sports was recruited by convenience sampling from those attending the ‘Mood Matters’ pilot programme. Questionnaires were distributed at the beginning and end of the three hour training session. Changes in mental health knowledge, social stigma, and intended behaviour towards mental health were measured using the Mental Health Knowledge Schedule (MAKS) and Reported and Intended Behaviour Scale (RIBS). Other emas Focus group and interviews were conducted with a subsample of participants who received the training Results: When asked to rate their current knowledge of mental health the mean score was 2.1, following the intervention this increased to 2.84. (Wilcoxon, Z= -7.77 p
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUnknown Publisher
Number of pages32
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 24 Oct 2015


  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • athletes
  • sport psychology
  • behaviour change


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