Promoting Mental Health Awareness in Sport Clubs

Gavin Breslin, Tandy Haughey, Paul Donnelly, Ciarán Kearney, Garry Prentice

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Abstract

Purpose: The World Health Organization estimate that millions of people across the world experience mental health problems, yet traditionally athletes have been poorly supported to manage their mental health. This study applied the Theory of Planned Behaviour to determine the effect of a mental health awareness programme on sports coaches’ knowledge and intentions to offer support to athletes who experience mental health problems. Method: Adult coaches (n=244) were recruited to attend the Mood Matters in Sport Programme (MMSP) mental health awareness intervention or act as a control. A 2 (group) x 2 (time) quasi-experimental design was adopted. All participants completed the Mental Health Knowledge Schedule and Reported and Intended Behaviour Scale at the beginning and end of the programme. Findings: A mixed ANOVA showed a significant interaction effect wherein there were improvements in mental health knowledge and intentions to offer support compared to the control group. Practical implications: Knowledge and intentions to offer support can be enhanced through a short mental health awareness programme. The already established social networks available in sport clubs can provide a natural environment for delivering mental health awareness programmes.
LanguageEnglish
JournalJournal of Public Mental Health
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

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Sports
Mental Health
Athletes
Social Support
Analysis of Variance
Appointments and Schedules
Research Design
Control Groups

Keywords

  • resilience
  • mental toughness
  • mental health
  • stigma
  • help seeking

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Breslin, Gavin ; Haughey, Tandy ; Donnelly, Paul ; Kearney, Ciarán ; Prentice, Garry. / Promoting Mental Health Awareness in Sport Clubs. In: Journal of Public Mental Health. 2017 ; Vol. 16, No. 2.
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In: Journal of Public Mental Health, Vol. 16, No. 2, 01.04.2017.

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