The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has welcomed new analysis revealing extra Australian excessive efficiency athletes are prioritising their psychological well being, together with Right at Home Jackaroo Ellen Ryan.
A latest AIS Mental Health Audit confirmed 50 per cent of the 305 athletes who took half within the survey sought therapy in 2022, in comparison with simply 39 per cent of members in 2018.
The biennial survey additionally confirmed constructive enchancment within the psychological well being and wellbeing of excessive efficiency help workers and coaches, with 61 per cent of those that responded sharing that their sport setting is a secure place to reveal psychological well being issues.
Over the following six months, 22 excessive efficiency athletes, together with Ryan, will grow to be AIS Mental Fitness ambassadors, sharing their private tales and psychological well being methods with hundreds of highschool college students throughout the nation.
The two-time Commonwealth Games champion reveals that searching for an athlete wellbeing and engagement supervisor has assisted her in lots of phases of her profession, most notably after lacking choice for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“In 2018 I simply missed out on the staff for the Commonwealth Games. The present staff had been actually profitable internationally, and I simply hadn’t been in a position to break in but. For me I had labored so exhausting and sacrificed loads. It made me not wish to play anymore and I misplaced my confidence.
“With the help from my Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement Manager, the AIS Mental Health Referral Network and the help from my shut family and friends, I used to be in a position to overcome the challenges I confronted.”
AIS Acting Director Matti Clements is adamant that whereas it’s improbable to see extra excessive efficiency athletes and workers prioritising their psychological well being, there are definitely many extra who may benefit from the organisation’s packages.
“The Australian excessive efficiency sport system is united within the imaginative and prescient to win properly, which implies balancing bold efficiency targets with secure, truthful, and supportive cultures and guaranteeing that our athletes, coaches and help workers win in all areas of life.
“The AIS Mental Health Referral Network is a key a part of creating that surroundings of sustainable success. It has supplied free, confidential recommendation and world class companies to greater than 13 hundred folks since launching in 2018.
“There continues to be work to be accomplished. The AIS Mental Health Audit confirmed greater than 1 / 4 of the athletes skilled nervousness or despair in 2022 and our precedence is to make sure everybody within the excessive efficiency sport system receives assist once they want it.
“As a part of the dedication to bettering psychological well being and wellbeing, the AIS has as soon as once more partnered with the Black Dog Institute for the Mental Fitness Program, an initiative aimed toward lowering charges of psychological well being points amongst younger Australians.”
Schools curious about having an AIS Mental Fitness athlete ambassadors go to can submit an internet request here.
Those wishing to know extra concerning the AIS Mental Health Referral Network can click on here.
2023 AIS Mental Fitness Program athlete ambassadors:
Aleisha Power, Hockey Australia, Perth
Caitlin Parker, Combat Australia, Melbourne
David Bryant, Triathlon Australia, Perth
Elizabeth Simms, Water Polo Australia, Sydney
Ellen Ryan, Bowls Australia, Goulburn, NSW
Emily Hamilton-Smith, Hockey Australia, Melbourne
Giorgia Patten, Rowing Australia, Sydney
Jack Cleary, Rowing Australia, Canberra
Jean van der Westhuyzen, Paddle Australia, Gold Coast
Laetisha Scanlan, Shooting Australia, Melbourne
Lily Alton Triggs, Rowing Australia, Brisbane
Matthew Glaetzer, AUSCycling, Adelaide
Mitchell Larkin, Swimming Australia, Brisbane
Nathan Katz, Judo Australia, Melbourne
Seve de Campo, Snow Australia, Canberra
Sian Whittaker, Swimming Australia, Melbourne
Sophie Jackson, Australian Sailing, Melbourne
Stefanie Weiler, Volleyball Australia, Adelaide
Tamsin Cook, Swimming Australia, Melbourne
Tegan Reder, Swimming Australia, Perth
Zana Evans, Snow Australia, Jindabyne
Zoe Vorenas, Equestrian Australia, Melbourne