As part of the Little League® program, all of our leagues are focused on providing high-impact learning and developmental activities that shape the most formative years of a child’s life. One of the most important aspects that we must always consider is the mental health and well-being of the Little Leaguers® in our leagues and communities, and what we can do to support them. Below are a list of resources, guidance, and tools to help support the mental health and well-being of parents, volunteers, and most importantly, our players.
Protecting Youth Mental Health
U.S. Surgeon General Advisory: Protecting Youth Mental Health
Learn what you can do to support the mental wellbeing of your players with the U.S. Surgeon General’s December 2021 advisory on Protecting Youth Mental Health.
Hear From the U.S. Surgeon General
Learn What Young People Can Do
Learn What Family Members Can Do
Learn What Community Organizations Can Do
Education and Resources
In Little League, everyone has a position to play, and it’s important that we all work together to make sure that it is a safe place to learn and grow, both physically and mentally. Below are just some of the resources available to help support the mental health of our young players and create a welcoming environment for all.
A Conversation with Dr. Kensa Gunter
Dr. Kensa Gunter, a licensed psychologist and Certified Mental Performance Consultant, joins us for a conversation on the mental health and well-being of young athletes!
Mental Health Support from DotCom Therapy
In 2021, Little League International partnered with DotCom Therapy, a leader in pediatric teletherapy, to provide social, emotional, and mental health therapy for players to help support their emotional wellbeing during tournament play. Check out some of the resources and tools they have for Little League parents and volunteers.