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Mind Health: Youth

“Talent wins games, but teamwork… wins championships.” Michael Jordan 

Being a great teammate matters. 

Teams who are close and look out for each other are more likely to win & bring out the best in each player on and off the court.  

Here are the keys to being a great teammate: 

  1. Take good care of yourself so you can show up fully for your team.
    • The key is learning to recognize the signs and causes of your stress, and to be proactive about combating it when it first appears. 
    • Coping isn’t one size fits all, but we know that wellness strategies can help prevent more serious emotional health challenges. 
    • There are a lot of resources out there: talk to a teacher, coach, parent or other family member, or any other adult you trust.
  2. Look out for one another 
    • Know what to notice: Educate yourself about warning signs that will let you know that a teammate may be struggling. 
    • Be real about what makes it hardIt can be hard to step in and look out for one another, even when we really want to. Maybe you are shy, don’t want to create conflict, or aren’t sure what to sayHere are some ways to help start those difficult conversations. 
  3. Check-in 
    • “Just being there” is really important. Iyou’re concerned a teammate may be struggling, letting them know you care can make a huge difference 
    • For help starting these conversations, visit these two resources Find Your Words  and Seize the Awkward. 
  4. Know the resources – if you or someone you know needs help immediately, visit here to get help now. You can also text TEAM to 741741 for 24/7, free, confidential support.  


Content provided in partnership with Messina Leadership Advising, The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, and The Jed Foundation.