Today, October 10, 2020, is World Mental Health Day, and organizations around the world are sharing resources and focusing a much-needed spotlight on mental health. The COVID-19 global pandemic has caused a public health and mental health crisis that will continue to have far-reaching impacts for decades to come. Recent research shows that 53% of American’s reported feeling that their mental health has been impacted as a result of the pandemic due to “stress and worry.”
Today on our AFH social media feeds, we’ll be featuring stories of athletes, organizations, and resources to recognize and empower other athletes to join in the global mental health discussion. We hope that more athletes will come forward with courage and support others who may be silently struggling. We plan to elevate the work of incredible organizations working in this space and actively share resources for those in need.
We will continue to advocate for issues that impact athletes from across the globe and include athlete voices in the critical discussion. We invite you to read our OpEd on Athlete Resilience in Mental Health published in July 2020 and share it with those you know who may need to hear they are not alone.