Mental Health - Athletes for Hope

Mental Health

Athletes Need Mental Health Support

AFH provides connection to causes for athletes at all levels, and has experienced a growing demand from our athlete network for mental health resources, connection and advocacy.

We also regularly hear from athletes that they want to share their mental health journey and have seen an increased need for resource sharing, discussion and advocacy around mental health support. All of this demonstrates that there is a very real need for mental health support and advocacy within the sports landscape.

The Whole Being Athlete Initiative

Launched in May 2021, AFH’s mental health initiative offers a layered approach rooted in advocacy, resource sharing and providing an open space for athletes to share their mental health journeys. This initiative – starting with 2021’s Mental Health Awareness Month campaign – will provide opportunities to listen, learn and engage in a larger discussion about the importance of addressing mental health and promote the importance of recognizing “Whole Being Athletes”. Blog posts, Instagram Lives, a social media campaign and advocacy opportunities will be shared each week in May.

We’re excited to share the work of partners and the stories of athletes as well as advocacy opportunities.

Stay tuned for more details on our programming, resources and how we’re supporting our Member Athletes.

If you are an athlete and would like to get involved with this important initiative, please reach out to

If someone you know is struggling with their mental health, please call:
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) hotline
1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
M-F 10am-8pm Eastern