Coaching Association of Canada

About the Mental Health and Sport Resource Hub

The Mental Health and Sport Resource Hub provides the tools and information to overcome stigma and guide conversations about mental health. This free online portal offers training and resources for coaches to develop mental health literacy and positive coaching practices to improve performance and well-being in sport.

About the Hub

As participants return to sport across Canada, coaches have a vital role to play. Their influence, observation, and personal connection in working with sport participants, place them in a critical role to support those who are experiencing low mental health as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While well positioned to help the children and youth they are coaching in dealing with mental health issues, many coaches do not feel they have the knowledge or confidence to do so.

Mental health has been identified by federal, provincial, and territorial (FPT) governments as the greatest risk to Canadians as a result of COVID 19. The COVID 19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on youth mental health and is particularly associated with depression and anxiety (Nearchou et al., 2020). Evidence has shown that between 40-48% of children and adolescents have been shown to have mental health issues during the pandemic (Liang et al., 2020) (Wang et al., 2020).

Powered through our partnership of over 500 sport organizations at all levels across Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada is uniquely placed through their network, capacity, and expertise, to enhance and deliver mental health awareness and literacy training. The project will engage hundreds of thousands of citizens in the communities in which they live, including: coaches, teachers, and community sport leaders; the children, youth and adults they coach, teach and lead; and the wider community in which they live. The project will specifically focus on reaching those disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including: remote communities, Indigenous communities, newcomers to Canada, socioeconomically disadvantaged communities, and Canadian Armed Forces families.

Stay in the Loop!

The CAC's Mental Health and Sport Resource Hub's evidence-based resources help coaches and athletes navigate complex mental illness and mental health challenges with competence and confidence.

The Coaching Association of Canada is thrilled to announce that the Mental Health and Sport Resource Hub was officially launched on Thursday, February 16 at noon ET. Enter your email below to receive notifications and to be the first to receive news and updates. If you have questions, please reach out to

Submit a Resource

The Mental Health and Sport Resource Hub aims to empower and equip coaches with educational resources to support their mental health literacy, both with a focus on self-care and supporting their sport participants. To submit your resource for consideration, review the Criteria for Eligible Resources and complete the submission form.

Submit a Resource

Mental Health Support Services

If you are experiencing an emergency or are in crisis, please call 911 or call/text 988 to access the mental health crisis hotline. If you are experiencing a non-emergency crisis, click the link below to access a list of support services.

Access Support Services