Everybody has mental health which, like physical health, can change throughout our lives. One in four people in the UK will be affected by mental illness in any year, the most common being depression and anxiety. Therefore it should come as no surprise that sportspeople will face these issues too.
The experiences of athletes such as Frank Bruno, Dame Kelly Holmes and Marcus Trescothick show that mental health is relevant to everyone in sport, even at the elite level. In voicing their opinions they are tackling stigma in wider society.
A new action plan is being put in place to stop professional athletes "reaching crisis point" with their mental health.
The measures have been announced by the government to protect the mental health of athletes and include giving coaches and support staff extra training to spot the signs of poor mental health. See the article here.
Mind, the mental health charity have released a document around mental health and elite sport. You can view the document here.
Eating Disorders and Mental Health in Female Athletes
USC Volleyball star, Victoria Garrick, revelas some of the body pressures of being a female athlete and how she overcame this. Watch the YouTube video here.