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ACT! Training – IL Soccer Referees – Wednesay3/15, 6:30PM

March 15, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT

Learn signs that someone could be struggling with mental health challenges, how to provide support, & protective/risk factors of reffing

The objectives of the USC-MHS ACT! Training are much like those of a first aid course. We will teach referees the signs and symptoms of a mental health challenge and/or crisis, how to de-escalate a situation to avoid harm to oneself or others, and what pathways are available for additional professional support. The course also focuses on those factors about being a soccer referee that can protect individuals from experiencing mental health challenges and those factors that can put them at greater risk. Our training always includes national and local community resources that can be utilized for additional mental health support.

The course agenda is based on the acronym ACT!, encouraging anyone who is concerned about their own mental health or that of someone else to act in support. First, we will grow AWARENESS of the importance of mental health in soccer along with the prevalence of challenges, next we will provide information on signs and symptoms to be aware of regarding the most common mental health CHALLENGES experienced by soccer referee community members (depression, anxiety, and suicidality), and finally, options will be provided on how to TAKE ACTION if you are concerned about yourself or someone else, including your peer referees.

All Illinois soccer referees are welcome to attend.

This FREE session has been made possible by a generous donation from the Illinois-based Zac Plantz Foundation in its mission to shepherd those seeking a better tomorrow through education, leadership, and wellness in order to continue the chapters Zac Plantz left unwritten when he was tragically lost to suicide.

Venue

Illinois Youth Soccer Association
1655 South Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Arlington Heights, IL 60005 US
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"I say put mental health first." 

--SIMONE BILES
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:

American Youth Soccer OrganizationNebraska State Soccer Logo
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