Your teammate may be showing signs that they are not okay or are struggling. These signs may include the following:
They are not attending football as much
They are feeling restless and agitated
They are feeling angry and aggressive
They are feeling tearful
They seem tired or lacking in energy
They do not want to talk to or be with people
They do not want to do things they usually enjoy
They are finding it hard to cope with everyday things
They are replying to messages or are being distant
They are talking about feeling hopeless, helpless or worthless
They are showing a change in behaviour
They are engaging in poor behaviour
This is not an exhaustive list and there could be other signs that your teammate is not feeling okay. Its important to know that there also may not be any signs, however it may be worth checking that your teammate is okay by asking them how they are.
If you are concerned about a teammate, please complete the following:
Ask your teammate if they are okay or if they need anything
Speak to an adult you trust for advice, such as your coach or parents.
If you feel your teammate is in danger, talk to an adult you trust immediately
Reaching out to your teammate could help them know that someone cares, that they are valued, and help them access the support they need.