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Athletics Olympians and paralympians to receive mental health support

EVERY Olympic and Paralympic athlete supported by UK Sport will receive mental health education in the run-up to Tokyo 2020 as part of a programme devised by the English Institute of Sport and psychologists from Changing Minds UK.

The scheme was announced by the elite funding agency yesterday to coincide with the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from May 13-19.

More than 20 workshops have already been delivered, reaching over 300 athletes, and the plan is that all 1,200 athletes on “world-class programmes” funded by UK Sport will get the training before next year’s Games.

In a statement, UK Sport chair Dame Katherine Grainger said: “High-performance sport is a demanding world which can place unique demands upon people.

“It’s essential we all do as much as we can to support athletes, coaches and support staff, helping to create an environment that promotes and facilitates positive mental health.”

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