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Promoting Mental Health Awareness in Sport Clubs

Breslin, Gavin, Haughey, Tandy, Donnelly, Paul, Kearney, Ciarán and Prentice, Garry (2017) Promoting Mental Health Awareness in Sport Clubs. Journal of Public Mental Health, 16 (2). [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1108/JPMH-08-2016-0040

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.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:resilience, mental toughness, mental health, stigma, help seeking
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sports Science and Sports Medicine
ID Code:36134
Deposited By: Dr Gavin Breslin
Deposited On:18 Oct 2016 09:14
Last Modified:01 Apr 2018 22:23

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