Mental Health Awareness Week; Your experience of working with athletes with mental health issues.


This week’s #womenswednesday was in partnership with Manisha Tailor in support of Mental Health Awareness week in the UK.

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 13.04.41Manisha is a UEFA B Licensed coach in football, currently working towards her A License. By profession she is a qualified head-teacher and has worked in several London (UK) based primary schools for more than 10 years before embarking upon a career change in 2011. 

Her passion and love for football began when she was 8 years old, inspired by her twin brother. At the age of 18, due to a series of traumatic events that involve long term bullying, he became depressed.  His condition is such that he is non-verbal and requires 1:1 care.  To read our exclusive interview with Manisha and to learn more about her story CLICK HERE

Manisha works tirelessly to use football as a tool to benefit those with mental health issues.  Through her organisation Swaggarlicious, Manisha has a number of mental health and football projects which she aims to provide those involved with a safe environment that fosters confidence, motivation and the feeling of self-worth.

To read more about Manisha’s project, read her blog: Why Mental Health Matters.

We asked you about your experience of mental health in the sporting world

  • How can sports coaching help those with mental health conditions? 
  • How have you adapted your coaching to suit athletes, players with mental health issues?
  • Have you ever had to deal with an elite athlete who has developed Mental Health issues because of their sport?



Answers from Social Media and FCN Forum


Int Speed Coach –  worked with an athlete who developed anxiety issues.I took more time to talk,learn about how she ticked&develop coping strategies

Leap – 1 in 4 people are affected by a mental health problem. Sports coaches have a role to play.

Bernadette – sport causes body to release endrophins

Jools Murray – Close coach-athlete relationship means yes but important not to deal with it alone. Advise to seek professional help

Joy Thomas – Agreed. When it comes to mental health there’s just being there, being visible, for some carrying on as usual.  I think you can uncover more and provide essential support by just listening. Even if there are no words.

Jessica Rose – Kind, hopeful, trying!

Psychological Edge – there are certain chemicals in our system that promote positively when released. Exercise & physical activity help promote.  Coaching and activity can align to setting goals these goals can help to promote focus in a positive direction.




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