Crisis hotlines and resources

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Global 🌏

Befrienders Wordwide
Volunteers around the world provide confidential support to people in emotional crisis or distress, or those close to them.


Netherlands (NL) 🇳🇱

113 Suicide Prevention
0900 0113
113 is een onafhankelijke hulplijn voor mensen met suïcidale gedachten, hun naasten en professionals. 113 staat aan de kant van het leven en probeert te zoeken naar een uitweg uit de wanhoop. Hierbij spelen religieuze of ideologische achtergronden geen rol.

MiNd Netherlands
☏ 088 554 32 22
MiND is het landelijke meldpunt voor strafbare, discriminerende uitingen op internet.


Belgium (BE) 🇧🇪

Suicide 1813
☏ 1813
Zelfmoord1813 is een online platform waar iedereen in Vlaanderen alle relevante informatie omtrent de preventie van zelfdoding kan terugvinden. 

Child Focus
116 000
Child Focus biedt een anonieme 24/7 hotline om vermiste kinderen en seksuele uitbuiting van minderjarigen te melden.


Germany (DE) 🇩🇪

TelefonSeelsorge
0800 111 0 111 oder 0800 111 0 222
Die TelefonSeelsorge® ist ein Netzwerk mit über 100 regionalen Stellen in ganz Deutschland. Wenn Sie bei uns anrufen oder über das Internet mit uns Kontakt aufnehmen, werden Sie mit einer dieser Stellen verbunden, nach Möglichkeit mit der Stelle, die Ihrem Aufenthaltsort am nächsten liegt. 

Nummer gegen Kummer
0800 111 0 550 (adults) oder 0800 111 0 333 (children)
Nummer gegen Kummer e. V. ist die Dachorganisation des größten, kostenfreien, telefonischen Beratungsangebotes für Kinder, Jugendliche und Eltern in Deutschland. 


Luxembourg (LU) 🇱🇺

Kanner-Jugendtelefon
116 111
Das KJT berät und unterstützt Kinder und Jugendliche, sowie deren Bezugspersonen in ihren alltäglichen Sorgen und Fragen, Ängsten, Problemen und auch Krisen. 

Le KJT conseille et soutient les enfants et les jeunes, ainsi que les personnes qui s’occupent d’eux, dans leurs préoccupations et leurs questions quotidiennes, leurs craintes, leurs problèmes et aussi leurs crises.

SOS Détresse – Hëllef iwwer Telefon
454 545
Zil vun eisem Engagement ass et, Mënschen an Nout eng diskret Hëllef unzebidden. Uruffen oder eng Mail schécken ass meeschtens einfach an onkomplizéiert ze réaliséieren: et brauch ee kee Rendez-vous ofzemaachen, néierens hinzegoen a sech och net ze weisen. 

Le but de notre engagement est de proposer une aide facilement accessible et discrète à des personnes en détresse. Les entretiens téléphoniques ou les échanges de courriels sont perçus comme simples et faciles par la plupart des gens : pas besoin de prendre rendez-vous, ni de se déplacer pour se faire aider. En plus, on n’a pas besoin de paraître en public.


France (FR) 🇫🇷

Net Ecoute
3018
Elle forme les parents, les professionnels, ses pairs et ses partenaires sur les risques et les usages responsables d’internet.

S.O.S Amitié
09 72 39 40 50
S.O.S Amitié est un service d’aide par l’écoute. Ses écoutants bénévoles accueillent la parole de toute personne qui traverse une période difficile et qui ressent le besoin d’être entendue et écoutée dans sa souffrance.


Italy (IT) 🇮🇹

Telefono Amico
☏ 02 2327 2327
Telefono Amico Italia dà a chiunque la possibilità di esprimere la propria sofferenza in modo anonimo e confidenziale, permettendo ad ogni individuo di recuperare la propria storia e il proprio senso all’interno della società. 

Telefono Azzurro
☏ 1 96 96
L’accoglienza e l’ascolto offerti dall’operatore ai bambini e agli adolescenti hanno l’obiettivo di creare una relazione di fiducia attraverso la quale possano esprimere sentimenti, emozioni, bisogni. 


Spain (ES) 🇪🇸

Teléfono de la Esperanza
☏ 914 59 00 55 (fijo) o 717 003 717 (móvil)
La Intervención en crisis es el campo de actuación más específico del Teléfono de la Esperanza desde sus inicios. Su objetivo es abordar de forma urgente, gratuita, anónima y especializada las situaciones de crisis emocionales.

Internet Segura for Kids 
☏ 017
Internet Segura for Kids (IS4K) es el Centro de Seguridad en Internet para menores de edad en España y tiene por objetivo la promoción del uso seguro y responsable de Internet y las nuevas tecnologías entre los niños y adolescentes. 


Portugal (PT) 🇵🇹

SOS VOZ AMIGA
☏ 213 544 545 ou 912 802 669
A SOS VOZ AMIGA é uma linha de apoio emocional que se disponibiliza a ajudar todos aqueles que se encontram em situações de sofrimento causadas pela solidão, ansiedade, depressão ou risco de suicídio.


United Kingdom (UK) 🇬🇧

Samaritans
☏ 116 123
Samaritans are available day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure. They are not only there for the moment of crisis, but are taking action to prevent crisis. 

Campaign Against Living Miserably
☏ 0 800 58 58 58
Against Living Miserably (CALM) is a campaign and they are taking a stand against suicide. That means standing against feeling shit, standing up to stereotypes, and standing together to show life is always worth living.


Ireland (IE) 🇮🇪

Pieta House
☏ 1 800 247 247 
Pieta provides free therapy to those engaging in self-harm, with suicidal ideation, or bereaved by suicide.


Switzerland (CH) 🇨🇭

Tel 143
☏ 143
Die Dargebotene Hand ist ein Zusammenschluss von zwölf lokal und regional verankerten, unabhängigen Organisationen unter einem gesamtschweizerischen Dachverband. Die Dargebotene Hand ist offen für alle Menschen, unabhängig von Religion, Kultur und Herkunft.


Austria (AT) 🇦🇹

Rat auf Draht
☏ 147
Mit der kostenlosen Notrufnummer 147 und unserem digitalen Beratungs- und Informationsangebot ermöglichen sie vertrauliche und zugängliche Hilfe.

TelefonSeelsorge
☏ 142
Die Telefon Seelsorge bietet Unterstützung in Krisensituationen. Unter der Notrufnummer 142 erreichen Sie uns 24 Stunden am Tag kostenlos. 


Denmark (DK) 🇩🇰

Livslinien
70 201 201
Livslinien har forståelse for, at selvmord kan opleves som en udvej men vil til enhver tid hjælpe til at se andre muligheder. Livslinien har forståelse for, at selvmord kan opleves som en udvej men vil til enhver tid hjælpe til at se andre muligheder. 


Norway (NO) 🇳🇴

Kirkens SOS
☏ 22 40 00 40
Kirkens SOS er en religiøs organisasjon som søker å lindre følelsesmessig uro og forhindre selvmord med 24-timers telefon-, tekst- og direktemeldingsstøtte. 

Mental Helse Hjelpetelefonen
116 123
Mental Helse er en medlemsorganisasjon for alle mennesker med psykiske helseproblemer, pårørende og andre interesserte. Mental Helse arbeider for økt åpenhet, forebygging av psykiske helseplager og et bedre helsetilbud. 


Sweden (SE) 🇸🇪

Mind
☏ 90 101
Mind är en oberoende ideell förening som arbetar för psykisk hälsa. Vi är religiöst och partipolitiskt obundna. Vi ersätter inte vården, utan kompletterar den. Självmordslinjen är till för dig som har tankar på att ta ditt liv eller har en närstående med sådana tankar. 


Finland (FI) 🇫🇮

Suomen Mielenterveysry
09 2525 0111
MIELI Suomen Mielenterveys ry:n perustehtävä on mielenterveyden edistäminen ja ongelmien ehkäisy. Puolustamme kaikkien yhtäläistä oikeutta hyvään mielenterveyteen. MIELI ry on maailman vanhin mielenterveysalan kansalaisjärjestö. 


Rusland (RU) 🇷🇺

Детском телефоне доверия 
8 800 2000 122
Детский телефон доверия работает ради того, чтобы дети, их родители да и просто люди, неравнодушные к беде живущего рядом ребенка, могли вовремя получить помощь профессионального психолога.

Самаритяне (Череповец)
007 8202 577 577
Телефоны доверия по предотвращению самоубийств предоставляют помощь тем, кто переживает очень трудные времена и нуждается в помощи. Позвоните на горячую линию, если вам, родственнику или другу нужна поддержка. 


Poland (PL) 🇵🇱

Fundacja Dzieci Niczyje
☏ 116 111
116 111 – telefon zaufania dla dzieci i młodzieży od 12 lat prowadzi Fundacja Dajemy Dzieciom Siłę, która bezpłatnie pomaga dzieciom, które doświadczyły różnych form przemocy. Telefon jest anonimowy, bezpłatny, całodobowy i dyskretny. 


Slovakia (SK) 🇸🇰

Linka Detskej Istoty
116 111
Pomôžte deťom a mladým ľuďom osloviť ľudí v núdzi. Telefón linky zvoní 24 hodín denne, 365 dní v roku. 


Slovenia (SI) 🇸🇮

Društvo Zaupni telefon Samarijan
☏ 116 123
Poslanstvo društva je, da je posamezniku na voljo za govorjenje v stiski ob vsakem času dneva in vse dni v letu, tudi ob vikendih in praznikih, na dveh telefonih hkrati. 


Czech Republic (CZ) 🇨🇿

Linka bezpečí
☏ 116 111
Posláním Linky bezpečí je poskytovat kvalitní a snadno dostupnou pomoc dětem, studentům a všem, kteří jednají v jejich zájmu. Linka bezpečí pomáhá při řešení obtížných životních situací a každodenních starostí a problémů. Poskytuje krizovou intervenci a poradenství pro klienty z celé ČR prostřednictvím telefonu, chatu a emailu.

Modrá Linka
608 902 410
Jsme tu, abyste na trápení nemuseli být sami. Pomáháme hledat řešení či podporu v obtížných životních situacích. Realizujeme také aktivity, které napomáhají těžkým životním situacím předcházet. 


Croatia (HR) 🇭🇷

HRABRI Telefon
0800 0800 (odrasle osobe) or 116 111 (tinejdžeri)
Organizacija je osnovana s ciljem pružanja direktne pomoći i podrške zlostavljanoj i zanemarenoj djeci i njihovim obiteljima ali i rada na prevenciji zlostavljanja i zanemarivanja kao i neprihvatljivog ponašanja djece i mladeži.


Hungary (HU) 🇭🇺

Magyar Lelki Elsősegély Telefonszolgálatok Szövetsége 
116 123 
Az öngyilkosságok számának növekedése miatt világszerte alakultak szervezetek a megelőzésre, hogy segítsék azokat, akik úgy érzik, önerejükből képtelenek kilábalni nehézségeikből: válsághelyzetbe jutottak. Ilyen prevenciós, megelőző szervezetek a lelki elsősegély telefonszolgálatok, amelyek önként vállalt feladata az öngyilkosság-megelőzés, krízis-intervenció és a mentálhigiénés prevenció.


Serbia (RS) 🇷🇸

Centar Srce
0800 300 303
MISIJA CENTRA se sastoji u emotivnoj podršci osobama u krizi i prevenciji samoubistva putem telefona, elektronske pošte i četa. Na ovaj način smatramo da možemo ublažiti tegobe koje osoba oseća i smanjiti nivo suicidnih osećanja. 


Bosnia & Herzegovina (BA) 🇧🇦

Plavi Telefon
080 05 03 05

Plavi telefon pruža podršku ljudima u Bosni i Hercegovini za probleme poput depresije, alkoholizma, narkomanije i samoubistva koje tradicionalni centri možda ne mogu postići.


Romania (RO) 🇷🇴

Alianţa Română de Prevenţie a Suicidului
0800 801 200
Rumunijos savižudybių prevencijos aljansas (ARPS) yra ne pelno siekianti organizacija, įsteigta siekiant palaikyti ir gerinti gyvenimo kokybę užkertant kelią savižudybėms.


Bulgaria (BG) 🇧🇬

софия гореща линия 
0035 9249 17 223

Горещата линия София предлага услуги на хора в България, които се нуждаят от помощ, свързана със самоубийство, само по телефона.

Българска национална телефонна линия за деца 
116 111

Българската национална телефонна линия за деца предлага 24-часови услуги за деца в България, които имат нужда от някой, с който да говорят или да бъдат с тях в труден момент.


Estonia (EE) 🇪🇪

Eluliin
655 8088
Eluliin abistamiskeskusena loodi Eesti-Rootsi Suitsidoloogia Instituudi direktori Airi Värniku eestvedamisel. Pakub emotsionaalset tuge üksikutele, õnnetutele, depressiivsetele ja/või suitsidaalsetele inimestele.


Lithuania (LT) 🇱🇹

Lithuanian Association of Emotional Support Lines
LEPTA misija – teikti nemokamą, lengvai prieinamą, anonimišką emocinę paramą kritiniu metu, sumažinti žmogaus emocinį skausmą, padėti atlaikyti ir įveikti sunkumus.

Jaunimo Linija
 8 800 28888
Jaunimo linija teikia pagalbą telefonu, raštišku laišku ar pokalbių internetu tiems, kuriems to reikia. Viskas, ką jiems pasakysite, liks tarp jūsų ir Jaunimo linijos.


Ukraine (UA) 🇺🇦

Lifeline Ukraine
7333
Lifeline Ukraine – це національна, професійна лінія з питань профілактики самогубств та підтримки психічного здоров’я.

Одеса (тільки телефон)
0487 327715 або 0482 226565
Одеська телефонна служба довіри — це гаряча лінія психічного здоров’я в Україні, яка працює з 10:00 до 08:00 щопонеділка по п’ятницю та з 19:00 до 08:00 щосуботи по неділю.


Latvia (LV) 🇱🇻

Skalbes
116 123
Mūsu darbības sfērā ietilpst telefonisku un privātu konsultāciju sniegšana cilvēkiem, kas atrodas riska grupā, depresijā, cilvēkiem ar pašnāvnieciskām tieksmēm, cilvēkiem, kas izjūt vientulību, tuvinieka zaudējumu sāpes, slimo ar bulīmiju, ir atkarīgi no alkohola, narkotiskajām vielām, kam ir nestabila situācija ģimenē vai rados.


Turkey (TR) 🇹🇷

Gençlik Destek Hattı
0850 455 00 70
Gençlik Destek Hattı, çocuklara ve gençlere yönelik danışmanlık hizmeti sunmayı amaçlayan güvenilir bir destek hattıdır.


Greece (GR) 🇬🇷

Κέντρο ημέρας για την πρόληψη της Αυτοκτονίας
1018
Η αυτοκτονία είναι ένα σοβαρό πρόβλημα που μας αφορά όλους. Δεν είναι μια τυχαία ή χωρίς νόημα πράξη. Ο άνθρωπος που προσπαθεί να αυτοκτονήσει νιώθει απελπισμένος, «παγιδευμένος» σε προσωπικά, οικογενειακά και άλλα προβλήματα, τα οποία αισθάνεται ότι δεν μπορεί να αντιμετωπίσει.


Albania (AL) 🇦🇱

Linja Kombëtare e Ndihmës për Fëmijë
116 000
Linja Kombëtare e Ndihmës për Fëmijët – ALO 116 ofron 24 orë shërbim falas këshillimi dhe referimi për fëmijët në të gjithë Shqipërinë.


Malta (MT)  🇲🇹 

Aġenzija Appoġġ
116 123
Helpline ta’ appoġġ emozzjonali, immexxi mill-Aġenzija Appoġġ, jipprovdi appoġġ emozzjonali lill-adulti li qed ibatu minn solitudni, li jkunu fi stat ta’ kriżi psikoloġika jew li jaħsbu li jagħmlu suwiċidju.


North-Macedonia (MK) 🇲🇰

Megjashi
02 2465 316
Детска амбасада во светот МЕЖАЦИ Детската амбасада во светот МЕЖАЦИ нуди услуги за младите во Македонија кои се во неволја или се изложени на ризик од самоубиство.


United States (US) 🇺🇸

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1 800 273 8255 
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
1 800 950 6264 
NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.


Japan (JP) 🇯🇵

東京自殺防止センター
03 5286 9090
東京自殺予防センターは、自殺につながる可能性のある感情を含め、苦痛と絶望の人々に内密で感情的なサポートを提供します。

愛知自殺予防センター
052 870 9090
愛知自殺予防センターは、いつでもどこでも自殺を考えている人たちに心の支えを提供することを目的としたボランティア団体です。


Canada (CA) 🇨🇦

Canada Suicide Prevention Services (CSPS)
1 833 456 4566 
Anyone can have suicidal thoughts for a number of reasons. CSPS offers a barrier-free, non-judgmental space with supportive and responsive responders. We’re here so anyone thinking about suicide feels comfortable enough to reach out for support. 

Hope for Wellness Helpline
1 855 242 3310
The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate mental health counseling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada. Call the toll free helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or chat online. Phone and chat are available in English and French, and on request also available in Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut.


Australia (AU) 🇦🇺

Lifeline
13 11 14
Lifeline provides Australians experiencing personal crises with 24-hour access to suicide prevention services, domestic violence trainings, and financial welfare programs.

Beyondblue
1300 22 4636
Beyondblue is a non-profit organization working to promote good mental health, tackle stigma and discrimination, and provide support and information on anxiety, depression and suicide.


India (IN) 🇮🇳

आसरा
92 98 2046 6726
आसरा एकाकी, व्यथित और आत्मघाती के लिए एक संकट हस्तक्षेप केंद्र है। हमारा उद्देश्य उदास और आत्महत्या करने वालों को स्वैच्छिक, पेशेवर और अनिवार्य रूप से गोपनीय देखभाल और सहायता प्रदान करके मानसिक बीमारी को रोकने और प्रबंधित करने में मदद करना है।. 

स्नेहा इंडिया
91 44 2464 0050
स्वयंसेवकों के एक छोटे से बैंड द्वारा संचालित स्नेहा उन लोगों को बिना शर्त भावनात्मक समर्थन प्रदान करती है, जो परेशान, व्यथित, उदास और आत्महत्या महसूस कर रहे हैं। स्वयंसेवक गुमनाम रहते हैं और संपर्क करने वालों को पूरी गोपनीयता और गुमनामी प्रदान करते हैं।.


Singapore (SG) 🇸🇬

Samaritans of Singapore
1800 221 4444
Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) is dedicated to providing confidential emotional support to individuals facing a crisis, thinking about or affected by suicide.

Silver Ribbon Singapore
65 6386 1928
To combat mental health stigma, encourage early help, and facilitate integration of people with mental illness within the society through innovative means of promoting mental health literacy.


Hong Kong (HK) 🇭🇰

香港撒瑪利亞防止自殺會
2389 2222
香港撒瑪利亞義工服務由一群熱心的義工提供。他們本著助人為樂的精神,為有情緒困擾、絕望、無助或有自殺傾向的人提供24小時即時的情緒紓解服務。

香港撒瑪利亞會
2896 0000
撒瑪利亞人在這裡傾聽,無論問題看起來多麼令人不安或多麼普通。我們不提供建議,也不告訴您該怎麼做。我們在這裡提供無條件的情感支持。


New Zealand (NZ) 🇳🇿

Depression Hotline
0800 111 757
This website helps New Zealanders recognise and understand depression and anxiety by encouraging early recognition and help-seeking.

Lifeline
0800 543 354 
Our mission is to reduce distress and save lives by providing safe, accessible, effective, professional and innovative services. We work specifically to increase awareness and understanding of suicide prevention in New Zealand and reduce the associated stigma and to work with others to make a positive contribution to the health and social sector.


China (CN) 🇨🇳

北京自殺研究與預防中心
010 8295 1332
北京自殺研究與預防中心幫助遇難者。

上海生命線  
400 821 1215
生命線 提供免費、保密和匿名的支持服務;助手可以在情緒困擾或危機時為個人提供安全的支持來源。=


Qatar (QA) 🇶🇦

جمعية أصدقاء الصحة النفسية “وياك”
0097 444 878 799
اذكاء الوعي في مجالات الصحة النفسية، وتقديم أفضل خدمات الإرشاد النفسي، ومساندة متلقي الخدمات والدفاع عن حقوقهم ، من خلال تنفيذ الأنشطة التوعوية والبرامج التدريبية، وعقد المؤتمرات والندوات العلمية، وتشجيع الدراسات والبحوث، والتعاون مع الخبرات المتخصصة والجهات ذات الصلة، واستثمار كافة وسائل الإعلام في تحقيق ذلك


Kuwait (KW) 🇰🇼

الإنماء الاجتماعي
0097 444 878 799
العمل على إعادة تأهيل الذات الكويتية وخلاصها من شوائب المعاناة النفسية والاجتماعية والتربوية، لتعود آمنة مطمئنة ولتكون عنصراً فاعلاً في المجتمع …


Saudi Arabia (SA) 🇸🇦

مركز اتصال الإرشاد النفسي
920 03 33 60
يقدم مركز الاتصال للاستشارات النفسية الدعم العاطفي للأشخاص في المملكة العربية السعودية الذين يعانون من ضائقة أو في أزمة أو معرضين .يقدم مركز 


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Anti-Racism & Discrimination

Racism and discrimination in sports has many faces. Think of discriminatory insults on the sports field and racist chants from the stands or someone who is refused membership because of his origin. Lesbian women, gay men, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBTs) still regularly encounter a lack of acceptance on the sports field or in the gym, for example. It would be naive to think that racism and discrimination does not exist in sport. After all, sport is a reflection of society. ver the years we have seen many examples where racism and sport meet. Racism can be a barrier to participation in sports . This can be because people have experienced discrimination in other aspects of their lives, including at school, at work or in the general public and expect that it might also occur within a sporting context. But apart from the fact that both are linked to sport, there is also another side: sport is also seen as a means against social abuses such as discrimination and exclusion.

THE KEY TO ANTI-RACISM AND DISCRIMINATION

  1. Education
    Learning about the unconscious and automatic ways racism presents itself will help one recognize it and take steps to stop it.  
  2. Intention
    Setting the intention to have an open heart and open mind in order to be anti-racist affects how one show up. Intention brings mindful presence and awareness to what we say and what we do.
  3. Empathy
    It helps to build the ability to bounce back from shame, a critical tool in this work. Empathy increases shame resilience because it moves us toward connection, compassion, and courage—the opposite of the fear, blame, and disconnection that result from shame.
  4. Allyship
    To be an ally is to take on this struggle as if it is your own. It means that you do what is uncomfortable. You are committed to taking a risk, sharing any privilege you have. You fight to dismantle injustice. 
  5. Love
    Choosing love and healing over fear and oppression is a path of courageous vulnerability. Gratitude, joy, and an open heart are all components of love that enable one to do the work to be anti-racist and to bring anti-racism into daily life.

Disability Awareness

October is Disability and Down syndrome Awareness Month. It’s not about celebrating disabilities, it’s about celebrating abilities. We can all learn from each other! The aim of spreading awareness is simple; education. People who don’t have a disability or know anyone who is disabled might not be aware of what it is like to live with a disability or the challenges that can be encountered on a daily basis. By educating people on these challenges it is hoped that positive changes are made. 

There are many misconceptions surrounding disabilities. For example, some assume that all disabilities are visible, but that couldn’t be more incorrect. When someone has a disability, it means that a person has a mental or physical impairment that can restrict the ability to participate in everyday activities. Never make assumptions based on those internalized stereotypes or misconceptions. Through disability awareness, the misconceptions and stereotypes surrounding those with disabilities can be brought to the forefront. When these are gone, attitudes and behaviors become more positive and impactful.

Sport can help reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with disability because it can transforms community attitudes about persons with disabilities by highlighting their skills and reducing the tendency to see the disability instead of the person. Through sport, persons without disabilities interact with persons with disabilities in a positive context forcing them to reshape assumptions about what persons with disabilities can and cannot do.

Sport changes the person with disability in an equally profound way by empowering persons with disabilities to realize their full potential and advocate for changes in society.  Through sport, persons with disabilities acquire vital social skills, develop independence, and become empowered to act as agents of change.  Sport teaches individuals how to communicate effectively as well as the significance of teamwork and cooperation and respect for others.  Sport is also well-suited to reducing dependence and developing greater independence by helping persons with disabilities to become physically and mentally stronger.

5 FACTS ABOUT DISABILITIES

  • Over 1 billion people have some form of disability.
  • Over 100 million disabled persons are children.
  • Only about 9% of disabilities are caused by accidents and 91% of disabilities are caused by illnesses.
  • 1 in 3 disabled people feel there’s a lot of disability prejudice
  • People with disabilities can live and participate in the community. But more than 40% disabled people do not have assistance for their every day activities

Mental Health Awareness

A mental illness is a physical illness of the brain that causes disturbances in thinking, behavior, energy or emotion that make it difficult to cope with the ordinary demands of life. Research is starting to uncover the complicated causes of these diseases which can include genetics, brain chemistry, brain structure, experiencing trauma and/or having another medical condition, like heart disease.

Mental illnesses affect 19% of the adult population, 46% of teenagers and 13% of children each year. However, only half of those affected receive treatment, often because of the stigma attached to mental health. Untreated, mental illness can contribute to higher medical expenses, poorer performance at school and work, fewer employment opportunities and increased risk of suicide.

Although the general perception of mental illness has improved over the past decades, studies show that stigma against mental illness is still powerful, largely due to media stereotypes and lack of education. Stigma affects not only the number seeking treatment, but also the number of resources available for proper treatment. Stigma and misinformation can feel like overwhelming obstacles for someone who is struggling with a mental health condition. Here a few powerful things you can do to help:

  • Showing individuals respect and acceptance removes a significant barrier to successfully coping with their illness. Having people see you as an individual and not as your illness can make the biggest difference for someone who is struggling with their mental health.
  • Advocating within our circles of influence helps ensure these individuals have the same rights and opportunities as other members of your church, school and community.
  • Learning more about mental health allows us to provide helpful support to those affected in our families and communities.

HOW CAN SPORT HELP YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

We all know that sports are great for your physical health. But sports also have many psychological benefits.

  • Help moderate stress
  • Improve your mood
  • Produce long-term mental health effects
  • Boost mental health with team sports
  • Help fight addiction
  • Help with depression
  • Improve serious mental disorders