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Increasing Athlete Knowledge of Mental Health and Intentions to Seek Help: The State of Mind Ireland (SOMI) Pilot Program

Breslin, Gavin, Haughey, Tandy, O'Brien, Wesley, Caulfield, Laura, Robertson, Alexa and Lawlor, Martin (2018) Increasing Athlete Knowledge of Mental Health and Intentions to Seek Help: The State of Mind Ireland (SOMI) Pilot Program. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology . pp. 1-18. [Journal article]

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URL: https://journals.humankinetics.com/doi/10.1123/jcsp.2016-0039

DOI: 10.1123/jcsp.2016-0039

Abstract

The present study had three aims, to determine: (a) whether providing a curriculum-based mental health awareness program to athletes increased knowledge of mental health and intentions to offer support; (b) whether the program increased resilience and well-being compared to a control group; and (c) the feasibility of the program. A total of 100 participants (Mage = 20.78; SD = 2.91;male = 59) either attended the program or were part of a control group. Participants completed questionnaires pre-, post-, and 3-months post-intervention, although there was a low participant return rate for the 3-month follow-up (n = 15). Participants were invited to take part in a focus group to explore program relevance. Knowledge of mental health and intentions to offer support increasedfor the intervention group, compared to the control. The program with some modification could be integrated into university sport courses to promote mental health awareness.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:anxiety, behavior change, health, resilience, sport, well-being
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:39735
Deposited By: Mrs Julie Haydock
Deposited On:12 Mar 2018 12:01
Last Modified:01 May 2018 16:01

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