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Some startling statistics here which can only serve to remind us of the crucial role that regular physical activity and Sport can play in enabling positive mental health for our youngsters.
A sad indictment on society as a whole; would coaches consider social media to be largely responsible for this substantial increase, or does it merely highlight a problem that has been ongoing for decades, or could the ever increasing use of technology be seen as cause/affect and maybe the best method available today to remedy/address the mental health dilemma? Given today’s young performers are almost totally reliant upon ‘tech’ for everything, should coaches (whether they are ‘natives’ or ‘immigrants’ to technology!) be more ‘savvy’ themselves?!
Can I share this please, a great post
Absolutely Martin Williamson we would encourage it! If you are interested you can find more of our infographics here https://connectedcoaches.org/spaces/10/welcome-and-general/album/2805/Blake/connectedcoaches-infographics The article the stats for the infographic were taken from is here https://connectedcoaches.org/spaces/10/welcome-and-general/blogs/general/229/help-us-to-help-others-coaches-need-coaching-on-mental-health-awareness
Statistics are shocking but sadly not a surprise. I attend a mental health charity that supports mostly adults through music, written and art therapy. It also works with a local SEND school and numbers of children are increasing. The therapy is great but it's not funded and such things as volunteers, space, resources are very limited. The effect though is fantastic and the ripple effect of building confidence and a basic interest in carrying on living is fantastic. Moving on from one type of support to taking part in outside activities and sport is circular, support is support and finding what each one has as a need means sharing good practise and knowing about what is available. These pages must be useful but sometimes with mental health reports we are preaching to the converted. We must get messages to a wider audience.
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