Mental Health in Youth Sport Initiative

The Mental Health in Youth Sport Initiative has been launched in sport clubs of Upstate South Carolina and is being supported by a grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. On this page, you can find information about the program along with updates on upcoming events.
Participating Sport Clubs:
Carolina Elite Soccer Academy
Carolina Elite Soccer Academy of Asheville
CASA Pride Logo (Clemson-Anderson Soccer Alliance)
Upcoming Programs and Events:
Insurance and Mental Health Presentation by Ellie Health on November 13

JOIN US!
No need to register, just show up!

15-30 minute presentation on insurance and mental health support

Monday, November 13th at 5:30PM & 6:45PM

MESA Main Building

ACT! CERTIFICATION:
Mental Health Awareness Certification

The certification is for
athletes, 
coaches, 
parents, 
and anyone else 
affiliated with participating sport clubs.
This certification is being offered free of charge.
2-hour Certification course for everyone on your team
+
includes local, national, & international mental health resources.
The purpose of the ACT! Certification is to increase awareness and help prevent mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, and suicide. We discuss the risk and protective factors for mental health within sport along with how we can minimize the risk factors and bolster the protective factors. 
Want to learn more about the U.S. Center for Mental Health & Sport and the ACT! Certification? Click on the brochures below!
USC-MHS Overview BrochureACT! Certification digital brochure
Athlete Mental Health Ambassadors

APPLICATION NOW OPEN!
ATHLETES AGES 15-24 WELCOME TO APPLY!
*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!
VISIT THE ATHLETE MENTAL HEALTH AMBASSADORS PAGE TO LEARN MORE

"It is OK not to be OK." 

--MICHAEL PHELPS
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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