US players harness World Cup spotlight for mental health initiative

US players harness World Cup spotlight for mental health initiative

The United States has brought attention to mental wellbeing at the Women’s World Cup by announcing a new initiative for under-served communities after the tournament. This project, in collaboration with non-profit Common Goal, was announced by U.S. defender Naomi Girma in an emotional Players’ Tribune post, where she remembered her Stanford University team mate Katie Meyer, who died by suicide in March 2022. Forward Sophia Smith, who also played at Stanford, expressed how talking about Katie brings back emotional feelings, and stated that everything they do is now for her.

The Common Goal initiative aims to provide mental health training to coaches from over 15 youth sports organizations, focusing on issues such as anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Common Goal USA Executive Director Lilli Barrett-O’Keefe emphasized the importance of prioritizing mental health in soccer communities when discussing player care.

The United States, seeking an unprecedented third consecutive title and fifth overall, will be competing in the tournament in Australia and New Zealand. Defender Emily Fox, participating in her first World Cup, revealed that the squad frequently discusses the external pressures that come with competing at the highest level of their sport. She highlighted the support she receives from a sports psychologist and the importance of leaning on her teammates who share the same experience.

The American soccer players join the growing number of athletes advocating for mental health. Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles and tennis major winner Naomi Osaka have helped shift the narrative on this once-taboo topic in high-level sports. Smith emphasized the importance of leaning on teammates and recognizing that they are all in this together, regardless of the emotions they may be experiencing.

In conclusion, the United States is taking a proactive approach to mental health by launching an initiative for under-served communities after the Women’s World Cup. This initiative, in collaboration with Common Goal, aims to provide mental health training to coaches and prioritize mental wellbeing in soccer communities. The American players recognize the importance of supporting each other and addressing the external pressures that come with competing at the highest level. They join other athletes in advocating for mental health and breaking the stigma surrounding it in sports.

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