By JENNA FRYERJuly 29, 2021
Simone Biles, of the United States, watches gymnasts perform at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo. Biles says she wasn't in right 'headspace' to compete and withdrew from gymnastics team final to protect herself. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
The International Olympic Committee, aware of the struggles young athletes face, increased its mental health resources ahead of the Tokyo Games. Psychologists and psychiatrists are onsite in the Olympic village and established a “Mentally Fit Helpline” as a confidential health support service available before, during and for three months after the Games.
The 24-hour hotline is a free service that offers in more than 70 languages clinical support, structured short-term counseling, practical support and, if needed, guidance to the appropriate IOC reporting mechanisms in the case of harassment and/or abuse.
The Hurricanes Alumni Foundation Trust wants to ensure that our members have the opportunity to resolve issues as quickly as possible through access to our mental health support services via Vitae. These services are offered free of charge to all Hurricanes Alumni beneficiaries and are 100% confidential between the Alumni member & Vitae.