The Coaching Association of Canada launches Mental Health in Sport eLearning module
OTTAWA, May 3, 2021 – The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) is pleased to launch a new eLearning module titled Mental Health in Sport.
In collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Mental Health in Sport (CCMHS), the new module was developed to educate coaches about mental health to empower them to effectively play a role in supporting the well-being of the participants in their sport program, while also supporting their own mental health.
Mental health impacts the quality of life and performance of both sport participants and coaches. By launching during #MentaHealthWeek, the CAC and CCMHS hope that coaches and sport participants alike will understand the importance of learning more about this subject and implement some of the importance practices highlighted within the module.
Lorraine Lafreniere, CEO of the CAC understands the importance of positive mental health in a sport environment; “coaches have a great deal of influence over participants’ mental health. This new module will be an important tool to educate coaches about the foundations of mental health, their role as a coach, and the importance of self-care.”
“When the right environment is created, sport is linked to a range of positive outcomes, including improved mental health and well-being. By completing this eLearning module coaches will be able to build more positive sport environments that will support not only the well-being of their athletes, but their own mental health as well”, shares Krista Van Slingerland, Executive Director of CCMHS.
After completing the Mental Health in Sport eLearning module, coaches will be able to:
- Describe the foundations of mental health
- Recognize and understand their role in promoting coach and participant well-being
- Understand the importance of self-care
The 45-minute module is available for free in the Locker, the Coaching Association of Canada’s online platform for eLearning, event registration and tracking coach transcripts. Coaches who are maintaining their trained or certified status within the NCCP will receive 1 Professional Development (PD) point upon completing this module.
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About the Coaching Association of Canada
The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) unites stakeholders and partners in its commitment to raising the skills and stature of coaches, and ultimately expanding their reach and influence. Through its programs, the CAC empowers coaches with the knowledge and skills, promotes ethics, fosters positive attitudes, builds competence, and increases the credibility and recognition of coaches.