USA Weightlifting Launches Athlete Wellness Program

Oct. 10, 2018, 5:32 p.m. (ET)

USA Weightlifting recognizes the importance of the health of our athletes as a whole, and is making pro-bono resources available to support the mental health and wellness of all athletes, at all levels of the organization and at different stages of their athletic careers.

To take advantage of any of these services please reach out to phil.andrews@usaweightlifting.org. Your participation will be treated in the strictest of confidence. If you prefer to reach out to a female member of staff, please reach out to suzy.sanchez@usaweightlifting.org. We will work to connect you with an appropriate professional close to you geographically.

USA Weightlifting recognizes that therapeutic relationships are primarily between the individual and the therapist, however, if you would like to change therapists, you may reach out to the above contacts to facilitate.

USA Weightlifting has built a network of LPC, LPCC, LP, LMFT, LMHC and LCSW professionals who have experience in these areas and are interested in hearing from more. If you would be interested in being part of this network, please reach out to phil.andrews@usaweightlifting.org

Resources for Athletes experiencing suicidal thoughts

Need to talk to someone right now? Call 1-800-273-8255 or chat online at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

We encourage you to connect with a professional using the above contact details. Taking that first step is difficult and we are here to assist you.

Resources for Athletes suffering from trauma, addiction, depression or a diagnosed mental health disorder

USA Weightlifting is making available confidential counselling and mental health resources around the nation for those who have suffered from trauma.

For the purposes of this program, “trauma” is defined as exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury, sexual assault, emotional abuse, physical abuse, bullying, violence or other significant loss caused either accidentally or intentionally at any time in the athlete’s life. Exposure includes direct involvement in the event, witnessing the event or in some cases, becoming aware of the event having happened to a loved one or close associate.

USA Weightlifting also makes available the same service to those athletes suffering from addiction to pain-killing drugs or alcohol emanating from participating in sport, suffering from depression resulting from participation in sport and support for those participating in sport that are suffering from a diagnosed mental health disorder.

Resources for athletes experiencing post-career transition Issues

USA Weightlifting is making available confidential counselling and mental health resources around the nation for those facing a major change in their career such as retirement, post-Olympic Games or where they have just missed a team. This service is directed at our elite athletes and those facing specific difficulties based on career issues. Please use the above contact details.

Online Mental Health Screenings

USA Weightlifting has partnered with Screenings for Mental Health, Inc to provide 24-7 online Mental Health Screenings. SMH is used by Colleges and High Schools around the nation in a similar. It is available to take in complete privacy 24-7: http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/usa-weightlifting