YouMind (Youth Individual Sports Mindset) is a small-scale partnership project that aims to raise awareness about the importance of mental health in sport and to develop different strategies to prevent mental health issues for young athletes.
The ideas developed jointly with all of the partners will be presented in a form of promotional video and guidelines sharing the best practices with athletes and sport organizations. The project will last two years and will consist of various activities, such as workshops, surveys and meetings.
The overall goals of this project are to:
- Raise awareness about the importance of mental health in sport and about mental disorders of
young athletes and their negative impact on sport performances and private life.
- To give the opportunity to young athletes to speak up and voice their stories while enabling
them to build connections with others in a safe space.
- Increase self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-empowerment.
- Encourage tolerance, understanding and proactive reaction from coaches
To reach these goals, an international cooperation of organisations with relevant experiences, knowledge and scaling impact will be required. This project is dedicated to youth and so are all the partners. This set of partners will enable us to gather different points of view about mental health in sport specifically targeted for young athletes. Addressing mental health issues of sports athletes is an initiative that all project partners can benefit from and implement as a core value at their scale.
On January 22, 2024 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the kick off meeting of the YouMind (Youth Individual Sports Mindset) project was hosted by EUSA, gathering all of the project partners to discuss the next steps that will be undertaken to realize the project's objectives.
During the meeting all the partners agreed on next steps that will be enforced to meet the expectations of the project establishments. Meeting attendees covered the project's background, overarching objectives, structure, timelines, and delved into specific tasks such as communication, management, research, project milestones and final evaluation.
The partners will meet again during online meetings and in Hungary in July during European Universities Games 2024.