Talking about mental health and wellbeing

We were shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Team GB snowboarder, Ellie Soutter last month. Ellie died on her eighteenth birthday after taking her own life.

In the world of sport, athletes, volunteers and officials alike can find themselves under a huge amount of pressure, with young people particularly vulnerable. One in four people in the UK will be affected by mental illness in any year. Depression and anxiety are the most common ailments.

Being placed under scrutiny and aiming to meet high expectations can be difficult and contribute to mental health issues. As an association, we recognise that we must do more to look after the well-being of our athletes, volunteers and officials.

We know that the biggest barriers to seeking help are stigma, concerns about trust, and not knowing where to go. We also know that it’s hard to know where to start and take that first step. But it’s always okay to ask for help and support.

If you are feeling low, or are feeling pressure, please try to talk to a trusted adult, club welfare officer or contact one of the following organisations:

  • Mind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393
  • SANE, open daily, 4:30pm-10:30pm on 0300 304 7000
  • Samaritans offers a listening service open 24 hours a day, on 116
  • The Mix is a free support service for people under 25. Call 0808 808 4994 or email

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