As we know, sports bring a lot of positive in a person’s life (self-confidence, since of pride, impact on mental health, structure…)
But we think that a sports program brings a lot of opportunities to deepen psychosocial interventions.
One of our girls’ team players has an alcoholic mom that can be aggressive. While confiding in me this player stated : « Everybody thinks I’m an athlete but I take part in so many sports events mainly to have opportunities to be away from home ».
We have an opportunity to reach a population that rarely uses the mainstream help system: youth. We have access to them as coaches.
So we want to use the program to:
- Train or local coaches in suicide prevention.
- Offer seasons and support on topics as sexual abuse, substance abuse, healthy relationship.
- Offer sessions on past traumas: deportation, residential schools, killing of dogs, etc.
- Use my experience as a social worker to intervene with players that go through major life obstacles.