Mental Health & Awareness

Mental Health Training and Resources

  • Taking the online Mental Health in Sport module in the NCCP(free; takes from 40 - 60 minutes to complete)
  • There are other free resources on the Mental Health Resource Hub for Coaches and Leaders Here you will find articles and resources on many important topics:
  • How to talk about mental health (even when it's hard); 
  • Coach Stress and Well-Being
  • Supporting Mental Health and Well-Being after a Concussion 
  • Spotting Signs of Suicide
  • and many many more...


Use a "Check In" Tool or Process (scroll down for links)

Using a "Check In" process and other resources from the Canadian Centre for Mental Health in Sport:


Use the "Buddy Check" process for introducing mental health and connection in your team environment. 

  • Buddy Check resources (poster, introduction, Coaches' Chat) to start the conversation in your dressing room
  • Encourage peer leadership and connection regarding "checking in" on one another's mental health and well-being as part of being a caring and responsible teammate


Handouts on Mental Health Challenge areas:

PacificSport Okanagan handouts on some key challenge areas:

More Information:

Additional links and Resources

Kids Help Phone and 9-1-1

Canadian Sport Helpline (reporting maltreatment)

Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport (CCMHS) (check in tools)

Canadian Sport Psychology Association (mental health and performance experts)

The Foundry (BC) (free services for youth)

Buddy Check for Jesse (Suicide Awareness - BC) (for awareness and education re: suicide)

Black Mental Health Canada

Trans Lifeline

Residential Schools Crisis Line

Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative (SAMHI - mental health for varsity athletes)

Mental Health Commission of Canada (Mental Health First Aid)

Mental Health in Sport Training - Coaching Association of Canada (Training Module - NCCP - for coaches)


BC Crisis Services

Anywhere in BC 1-800-SUICIDE: 1-800-784-2433

Mental Health Support Line: 310-6789

Vancouver Coastal Regional Distress Line: 604-872-3311

Sunshine Coast/Sea to Sky: 1-866-661-3311

Online Chat Service for Youth: (Noon to 1am)

Online Chat Service for Adults: (Noon to 1am)


Above information has been compiled by Shaunna Taylor, PhD, BC Hockey Mental Health in Sport Seminar, 2023

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