Mental Health Resources

Contact: Dr. Krista Van Slingerland |

Mental Health Manager, Game Plan

kvanslingerland@mygameplan.ca  |  1 (647) 619-2654

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Mental Health Support

There are three pathways to support available to athletes, coaches, and NSO staff:

  1. LifeWorks: Official Mental Health Partner of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Lifeworks offers free access to a 24/7 helpline, short-term counselling, self-directed mental health programs, group therapy, and several mental health maintenance tools
  2. Game Plan Mental Health Network: A pan-Canadian network of vetted mental health professionals working in sport. Access to care for athletes is subsidized by Game Plan (learn more about funding).
  3. Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport: A collaborative sport-focused mental health care team. Access to care for athletes is subsidized by Game Plan (learn more about funding). 

Summary of Subsidized Mental Health Service Options – EN | Summary of Subsidized Mental Health Service Options – FR

LifeWorks

LifeWorks resources are available free of charge to high-performance athletes, coaches, and NSO staff.

Counsellor Network

LifeWorks Care Access Centre: Professional EAP Counselling Services available 24 / 7 / 365 days a year: 1-844-240-2990

WorkLife Services

Clinical Services are delivered through various modalities such as Face-to-Face, Telephone, Video, Chat/Instant Messaging, Online Group Counselling, or Self-Directed. 

Go to teamcanada.lifeworks.com and enter the credentials below:

  • Username: TeamCanada
  • Password: lifeworks

AbilitiCBT App

Sport-Informed Mental Health Support

What to expect when you reach out for sport-informed mental health support

Mental Health Check-in: Where are you on the continuum today?

Strategic Planning

Needs / Gaps Assessment Tool: A guide to assist sport leaders in assessing organizational needs and gaps in the area of mental health

Mental Health Strategy for High-Performance Sport in Canada

The overall aim of the Mental Health Strategy is to improve the mental health outcomes for all high-performance athletes, coaches, and staff. 

Download the Strategy here.

Bite-sized pieces

Education

Game Plan is working on a suite of mental health education assets for athletes, coaches, and NSO staff. As offerings are released, they will be added below. You can also join the mental health mailing list to be notified of new workshop releases.

Workshops are delivered by qualified facilitators. Game Plan will cover the cost of delivering two workshops per fiscal year through each CSI and one per fiscal year through each CSC. 

Mental Health 101: High-Performance Coaches

Delivery: Live (in person / virtually)

Professional Development Points: 2.0 PD credits will be awarded via the CAC Locker

Contact to set up a workshop: kvanslingerland@mygameplan.ca 

Mental Health 101: High-Performance Coaches – Overview | Santé mentale 101: Entraîneurs d’haute performance – Aperçu

For any additional questions, please reach out to NSOservices@olympic.ca