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Mental Health & Mental Wellness

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Mental Health and Mental Wellness

At Ontario Cycling, the importance of mental wellness and mental health in sports cannot be overstated. It is essential to raise awareness of the unique mental wellness needs of amateur athletes and sports participants. Just as we prioritize physical fitness, it is equally important to prioritize mental well-being. By acknowledging and understanding the challenges athletes may face, we can provide the necessary support and resources to help them thrive. This involves developing the skills to recognize and respond to mental health needs and fostering a supportive and compassionate environment. By creating a safe sports culture that promotes positive mental health and emphasizes the importance of reaching out, we can break down mental health stigmas and ensure that athletes feel comfortable seeking help when needed. The well-being of our athletes goes beyond physical performance; it encompasses their mental health, happiness, and overall quality of life. Let’s prioritize mental wellness in sports, supporting and uplifting one another on this physical and psychological growth journey.

As an athlete, I've experienced the highs and lows of competing at a high level. Sometimes I struggle with mental health issues, but I've learned to be conscious of them and address them head-on. Recognizing the importance of mental well-being in my overall performance, I prioritize self-care, seek support when needed, and never shy away from addressing my mental health. It's a constant journey of self-discovery and growth, and I'm proud to say that I'm taking the necessary steps to nurture my physical and mental well-being. Through this process, I've realized that acknowledging and addressing mental health is not a sign of weakness but a testament to my strength and resilience as an athlete."

Encourage open Discussions

Similar to our physical health, we all possess mental health. Together, we can foster a community that encourages open discussions about mental well-being, supports one another, and seeks help when needed. This platform serves as a valuable resource, providing insights into mental wellness and mental health, helping us gain a deeper understanding of these crucial aspects of our overall well-being.

  • Increase awareness about the mental well-being requirements of amateur athletes and sports participants.
  • Foster a supportive community by equipping individuals with the skills to identify and address mental health needs.
  • Cultivate a safe sports culture that emphasizes positive mental health and encourages seeking help when necessary.


Today’s youth experience stressors from a variety of sources, including their peers, family, school and social media. Within sport, coaches can help to create this safe space by talking openly about mental and emotional health. By adopting this proactive approach to mental health and wellness, you will help your participants develop tools that will enable them to become healthy and resilient adults.


Burnout from stress is unfortunately an all-too familiar problem for coaches in sport. While coaches dedicate themselves to creating a positive, rewarding and fulfilling sport experience for their participants, they often neglect their own self care in the process. You’re not in the best position possible to help your athlete’s development when you are neglecting your own health and wellness.

Photographer Acknowledgement

The photographs and images used on the official website of Ontario Cycling are courtesy of:

The photographs and images used on the official website of Ontario Cycling are courtesy of:

John Pohl (BMX) | Jody Wilson (Gravel) | Pedal Power Photography (MTB) | Rob Jones (MTB, Road, Track) | Ariane Brisson (Para) | Chris Roberts (Road) | Ivan Rupes (Road/Track) | Tom Yuyitung (Road) | Jean-Baptiste Benavent (Para)

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