Under the Floodlights: Recognising mental illness in athletes
About one in six New Zealanders will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. Common conditions like depression and anxiety can impact on work performance. Managing mental health in the workplace and investing in mentally healthy workplaces makes good business sense. Mental health issues are often overlooked in sport as physical injuries take precedence. We tend to forget that athletes, while highly trained and skilled, are people with emotions who can suffer problems like the rest of us. Mental health has no respect for status or standing, and the consequences can be devastating when it strikes. Our panel will discuss the shared challenges of mental health in both business and sport, including topics:
* Challenges in coping with mental health issues
* How do we identify mental health issues in the workplace and sporting communities?
* What are the reasons for developing mental health strategies for the workplace
* How do we provide mental health support to workers and athletes?