By U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee | May 01, 2020, 1:40 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee today announced its commitment to join the nationwide movement to promote Mental Health Awareness Month in May through its “We Are Team USA” campaign. The promotion of “in this together” is focused on raising awareness around mental health resources and needs within the Team USA community and promoting a culture that encourages proactively seeking and delivering mental health support for everyone.   

"Mental health is of the utmost importance right now," said Bahati VanPelt, USOPC chief of athlete services. "Given the profound impact of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games, it's critical that we empower Team USA athletes – and all who support them – to seek assistance and understand how to access available resources. Engaging the entire Team USA community is essential to elevating this conversation so, together, we can all do our part to foster well-being.”

The USOPC launched its digital campaign at TeamUSA.org/MentalHealth, which will serve as a centralized hub for mental health resources in May and beyond. The website features available resources for athletes, coaches and National Governing Bodies, tips from USOPC sport psychologists, and references to free community services as the nation adapts to the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The USOPC’s “We are Team USA” campaign launched during the global pandemic and following the postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 in an effort to bring hope and inspiration to Team USA athletes and the country during this challenging time. Promotion of “in this together” reinforces and builds on this community and aims to foster healthy dialogue around mental health and unify Team USA. The month of May will feature blogs from athletes, features on athlete mental health journeys, Q&As with industry professionals, articles on mental health strategies and best practices, and public-facing mental health wellness challenges. Athletes and fans are encouraged to join the digital conversation on Team USA's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, as well as TeamUSA.org. 

Most importantly, the campaign will focus on educating and connecting the Team USA athlete community. This includes in-depth explanations on available resources, open dialogue among athletes, webinars with USOPC service providers and Mental Health Taskforce members, and communication regarding Athlete Career and Education resources. 

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