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    International consensus statement on the psychosocial and policy-related approaches to mental health awareness programmes in sport


    Breslin, Gavin and Smith, Andy and Donohue, Brad and Donnelly, Paul and Shannon, Stephen and Haughey, Tandy Jane and Vella, Stewart A. and Swann, Christian and Cotterill, Stewart and Mac Intyre, Tadhg and Rogers, Tim and Leavey, Gerard (2019) International consensus statement on the psychosocial and policy-related approaches to mental health awareness programmes in sport. BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine, 5 (e00058). ISSN 2055-7647

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    Abstract

    Background: Research focused on mental health in sport has revealed a need to develop evidence-supported mental health practices that are sensitive to sport culture, particularly for non-elite athletes. A consensus statement was produced to assist effective mental health awareness in sport and guide programme implementation in this rapidly emerging field. Method: The AGREE Reporting Checklist 2016 was used in two international expert consultation meetings, followed by two online surveys. Experts from 10 countries and over 30 organisations contributed. Results: Six objectives were agreed: (1) to define mental health awareness and service implementation constructs for inclusion in programmes delivered in sporting environments; (2) to identify the need to develop and use valid measures that are developmentally appropriate for use in intervention studies with sporting populations, including measures of mental health that quantify symptom severity but also consider causal and mediating factors that go beyond pathology (ie, well-being and optimisation); (3) to provide guidance on the selection of appropriate models to inform intervention design, implementation and evaluation; (4) to determine minimal competencies of training for those involved in sport to support mental health, those experiencing mental illness and when to refer to mental health professionals; (5) to provide evidence-based guidance for selecting mental health awareness and implementation programmes in sport that acknowledge diversity and are quality assured; and (6) to identify the need for administrators, parents, officials, coaches, athletes and workers to establish important roles in the promotion of mental health in various sports settings. Conclusion: This article presents a consensus statement on recommended psychosocial and policy-related approaches to mental health awareness programmes in sport.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an open access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt, build upon this work non-commercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited, appropriate credit is given, any changes made indicated, and the use is non-commercial. See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/. Cite as: Breslin G, Smith A, Donohue B, et alInternational consensus statement on the psychosocial and policy-related approaches to mental health awareness programmes in sport BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine 2019;5:e000585. doi: 10.1136/bmjsem-2019-000585
    Keywords: Health promotion; Mental; Public health; Well-being;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 15071
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjsem-2019-000585
    Depositing User: Tadhg Mac Intyre
    Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2021 16:15
    Journal or Publication Title: BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine
    Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
    Refereed: Yes
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