CS:GO get important new ammunition in the fight for mental health

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We’ve come a long way when it comes to recognizing the importance of mental health, with one of the biggest leaps being how there’s no longer a stigma to admitting everything is not okay. And there are definitely days where, thanks to long training hours often spent alone, things can start to seem like too much for exports athletes. In recognition of that, the Counter-Strike Professional Players’ Association has announced a permanent mental health program with Denmark’s online service We.Care.

The goal of the partnership is to provide quick online support to those who might be having a tough time as they navigate the world of professional CS: GO. Players will have instant access to a dedicated clinical psychologist who they can reach out to via either encrypted video or messaging.

Part of the treatment for those who access the service will be mental health exercises and educational videos. Stress, burnout, depression, anxiety, and burnout have been common among CS:GO players.

CS:GO pros like such Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth and Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer were among those to temporarily step back from the game in 2020, with the players citing their mental well-being.

“CS:GO players are not too different from other elite athletes in terms of how their minds play a part in their performance,” We.Care founder Linisha Palm said in a press release. “So, our therapists have an elite sports background making them able to truly understand what kind of pressure CS:GO players are under. At the same time, though, CS:GO is a very unique discipline with rigorous training programs that can take a toll on anyone.”

In the same release, Counter-Strike Professional Players’ Association board member Martin “STYKO” Styk said: “When it comes to mental health issues, CS:GO players are particularly exposed to such issues because of the stress of our busy tournament and practice schedules. So, this mental health program is completely online driven and flexible according to the players’ demands.”

The partnership between We.Care and CSPPA didn’t come right out of the blue. Late last year the two organizations launched a two-month trial program which offered mental-health support for North American players experiencing challenges.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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