The importance of systemically addressing athletes’ mental health is increasingly being recognized around the globe. However, studies continue to show athletes of all levels of competitiveness are rarely provided evidence supported mental health programming, particularly programmes that have been developed to fit sport culture (Breslin & Leavey, 2019). Poor adoption of mental health programming in sport appears to be influenced by a general lack of awareness of mental health issues, limitations in policy, availability of services, ethical guidelines and legal requirements governing appropriate scope of practice in this area. This chapter underscores important scientific contributions to mental health in athletes, including answers to five critical questions that are specific to advancing mental health practice with athletes and highlighting exemplary studies that are likely to move the field forward.
|Title of host publication||The Unknown in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology: Research Questions to Move the Field Forward|
|Editors||Edson Filho, Itay Basevitch|
|Place of Publication||England|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 24 Aug 2020|
- mental health and illness