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Athlete Mental Health Ambassadors

*Apply right away as the program will launch in May

The U.S. Center for Mental Health & Sport wants to give athletes a voice in advocating for increased mental health awareness and mental health support at all levels of sport across the country. We are looking for current athletes ages 15 - 24 who are passionate about bringing opportunities for improved mental health to their sport communities and are leaders and role models for other athletes within those communities.

Athlete Mental Health Ambassadors have a lot to gain by participating in this initiative! The program will provide opportunities to learn more about mental health and how Athlete Ambassadors can BE the DIFFERENCE! Participants will receive the ACT! Mental Health Awareness Certification and have the chance to interact with elite athletes talking about and supporting mental health along with mental health professionals who are also passionate about sport. This program is a fantastic resume builder for any future professional path!
U.S. Center for Mental Health & Sport and AYSO

Announcing the Partnership of the U.S. Center for Mental Health & Sport and the American Youth Soccer Organization

August 24, 2023

The U.S. Center for Mental Health & Sport (USC-MHS) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) to build on our mission to bring optimum mental health to sport communities and AYSO's commitment to provide current and innovative training and support resources to their coaches, players and volunteers.


The U.S. Center for Mental Health & Sport, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, develops sport environments that allow for optimum mental wellness by providing mental health training and resources, opening pathways to access additional mental health support services, and committing to the advancement of mental health and sport research.


We are seeking sponsors and donors to assist with bringing increased mental health awareness and support to sport environments all across the USA. You can be the difference in allowing sport participants to start the conversations about mental health and in providing them with hope that reaching optimal mental health is possible! All donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE as we are a 501(c)(3).

About Our Mission

Sport has the potential to transform all of its participants. We believe that part of this transformation should include supporting the mental wellbeing of all involved so that everyone can reach their optimal mental wellness. Supporting mental wellbeing and providing interventions for mental illness takes a village. 

Therefore, the US Center for Mental Health & Sport provides administrators, coaches, parents and athletes with resources they need to learn how to create a mental health supporting environment. We tap into leading edge research on mental health through partnerships with renowned research fellows and mental health organizations. We provide training so that our members can not only recognize the signs and symptoms that indicate someone may be experiencing mental health issues, but are also well-equipped to provide an environment in which all participants can thrive and appropriate support can be provided.

Unfortunately, sport is an environment where toughness is expected, fostering a strong stigma around mental health due to misconceptions that opening up about mental health issues could be admitting weakness.  The truth is, WE ALL HAVE MENTAL HEALTH and that mental health lies somewhere along a continuum at any point in time. Talking about mental health is not a weakness, it shows strength in wanting to support wellness. 
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Contact us:

USC-MHS Core Pillars

Mental Health Certification


Mental health training


Person experiencing depression


Researcher working


These are the focal areas that encompass the work of the USC-MHS. We provide mental health awareness training that incorporates knowledge needed to effectively apply that training to a sport environment and with sport participants. We deliver additional programs to further enhance mental health and sport knowledge and application of best practices for supporting mental health in sport. We provide pathways to mental health resources and support, including connections with professional mental health service providers. And finally, all of the training, programs, and recommendations of the USC-MHS are evidence-based and we are committed to increasing the amount of available mental health and sport research available by developing this research with our Research Fellows group.

USC-MHS is the Official Mental Health & Wellness Partner of:

US Youth Soccer
American Youth Soccer Organization
Nebraska State Soccer

Organizations USC-MHS has worked with:

NY Jets
New Jersey Devils
US Anti-Doping Agency
Special Olympics International
US Soccer
United Soccer Coaches
Campbell University
Clemson University
College of St. Scholastica
Concordia University St. Paul
Hamline University
University of Minnesota Duluth
St. Catherine University
National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association
Target USA CUP
New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association
Super Football Conference
Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association
Illinois Youth Soccer
Indiana Soccer
Iowa Soccer
Minnesota Youth Soccer Association
Oregon Youth Soccer
Illinois Soccer Referee Committee
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Jordyn Clark Foundation
Zac Plantz Foundation
Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Association
Arrowhead Youth Soccer Association
Clemson Anderson Soccer Alliance
CC United Soccer
Carolina Elite Soccer Academy
Combine Academy
Elkhorn Athletic Association
Great River Soccer Club
Minneapolis United Soccer Club
Providence Catholic High School
Prior Lake Soccer Club
Success Academy
Will your organization be next?

"I say put mental health first." 

EVERYONE has mental health. We should never be ashamed to START THE CONVERSATION. Let's end the STIGMA in sport environments. At the U.S. Center for Mental Health & Sport, we are continually looking for more ways to support individuals' mental health regardless of where they currently fall on the mental health continuum. MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS!

Official Mental Health & Wellness Partner of:

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