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Mental Health Awareness Week - How can we support our players?

Mental Health Awareness Week is a great opportunity to shine a light on the conversations we can all have with our players. There is a great resource outlining 7 top tips for supporting our players' mental health on The Boot Room: thebootroom.thefa.com/.../top-tips-supporting-your-players-mental-health

Does anyone have any top tips on how to engage and connect with your players and have open conversations?

Parents
  • Hi Josh, thanks for sharing - a really good article. I think it is key for coaches to provide the opportunity for players to talk if they want to. Which sounds easy but isn't always. Sometimes a group chat with the team and encouraging them to help each other can be hugely rewarding/helpful for them and can help bond the team. However, if there are more pressing issues that you as a coach notice, then it may be one for a welfare officer to discuss on an individual level. Keen to hear others thoughts...

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  • Hi Josh, thanks for sharing - a really good article. I think it is key for coaches to provide the opportunity for players to talk if they want to. Which sounds easy but isn't always. Sometimes a group chat with the team and encouraging them to help each other can be hugely rewarding/helpful for them and can help bond the team. However, if there are more pressing issues that you as a coach notice, then it may be one for a welfare officer to discuss on an individual level. Keen to hear others thoughts...

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