Helping clubs normalise mental illness and improve performance on and off the pitch.
The pressure to perform in sport is not to be taken lightly. While not as easily diagnosable as physical injuries, mental illness (including stress and anxiety) is commonplace among our athletes and more needs to be done to prevent it becoming overwhelming and all-consuming.
The conversation about mental health issues in sportspeople has been started. But with the right resources, sports organisations can do more to champion mental health and help players better manage their wellbeing.
WELLBEING AND SUPPORT
Grassroots: mental health before physical health.
Devastatingly, according to the World Health Organisation, suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15- to 19-year-olds. Sport should serve as an aid to mental wellbeing – a release from day-to-day life that comes with an elevated sense of achievement. Unfortunately, the reality is very different. With resources limited, many promising young players at the beginning of their career, don’t get the support they need when they need it most – and the pressure to compete and perform becomes all too much.
Our grassroots sports players desperately need mental health support. They need a space where it’s normal to talk openly about their mental health just as easily as they would their physical health.
Is your club doing enough to look after its players?
Supporting the minds of the UK’s sports clubs - from grassroots to elite
Whether yours is a team in its infancy or it's at the top of its game, mental health first aid is crucial for supporting wellbeing among our athletes. As well as looking after our grassroots players, Govox helps some of the nation’s top-performing sports clubs to manage the mental health of their players. We can equip you with the tools and expertise to offer the right support to your team and improve its mindset, as well as further challenge mental health stigmas in sport.
HOW WE CAN HELP
We turn difficult situations into positive outcomes.
Understanding mental health isn’t easy. Using technology and an effective proactive approach, we can improve happiness and save lives in the workplace, education and sports organisations.
- People are invited to check in on a digital device and answer a series of short, friendly questions. This takes less than two minutes and is simple to engage with.
- Check-in results on the Govox wellbeing dashboard instantly highlight those who may benefit from some support, enabling organisations to have the conversations that matter.
- After each check in, the participant will receive their own personal wellbeing report, which offers proven wellbeing techniques tailored to their specific answers.
How Govox helps wellbeing in sports clubs
Our wellbeing platform provides players with useful, actionable aids and resources, while coaches, managers and leaders are given insights and tools to connect and offer the right wellbeing support. You’ll benefit from:
We know your players are busy. Check ins are monthly and take less than two minutes to complete. We know this means individuals are more likely to engage.
Data is useful but clear insights enable you to make a real difference. You’ll be able to identify trends or patterns in an individual, spot key areas of concern and act quickly.
Improve club culture
By taking the focus off the stoic, ‘power through’ mentality typically associated with sport and instead embracing vulnerability, players feel an enhanced sense of community in a setting more accepting of mental illness.
Proactively looking after the mental welfare of your players – placing mental health on a par with physical health – means less time out of the game and retaining your top talent.
Give players a voice and foster a support network that really listens, allowing individuals to lessen the burden and ease other distractions leaving them focused on their performance.
A clear platform to lead and coach
You can train and upskill your team, confident in the knowledge it’s a healthier and happier one. Your team is focused and playing at full potential.
Govox FREE for HSP-affiliated sports clubs
Can your coaches see behind the person of the match?
When combined with everyday struggles, the pressure on young athletes to compete and perform can become all too much. The Herts Sports Partnership (HSP) works to use the power of sports and physical activity to transform lives, which is why - for the first year - we’re offering the Govox tool free to all HSP-affiliated sports clubs. Together, we can help your coaches and wider staff identify at-risk individuals and give them the support they need.
So, if you’re the responsible contact for your club, please register your details today.