English Inst Of Sport Creates ‘Head Of Mental Health’ Position

To help with its delivery of the UK High Performance System Mental Health strategy, the English Institute of Sport (EIS) is looking for its first ‘Head of Mental Health’ leader.

With the task of promoting and supporting positive mental health for athletes, coaches, support staff and others within the High Performance System, the new role will collaborate with National Governing Body World Class Programs, UK Sport, as well as across the EIS on both proactive and reactive mental health services.

Per the job description posted by EIS, the Head of Mental Health will develop and implement resources, strategy and policies across the EIS Performance Centers in Loughborough, Manchester and Bisham Abbey.

You can read the entire job description here.

Several high-profile swimmers around the world have spoken up about the mental health issues that sometimes surround world-class athletes during their career, as well as after they hang up their goggles. Michael Phelps is one of the most vocal retired athletes advocating for effective mental healthcare, urging the USOC to do more for athletes post-Olympics, while also sitting on the board of a medical company

Closer to EIS home, 2012 Olympic silver medalist Michael Jamieson also revealed his battle with post-Olympic depression.

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Sarah Best

This is awesome! Athletes all over the world need help to balance their mental health with the constant of push of physical health. My Athlete needs this help and I know he’s not alone. Mental Health will be the key to all sports future success!


I love this! such a good move.

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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