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New Erasmus+ Sport project: Dual Careers for Mental Health (DC4MH)

  • November 19, 2020

For the 2020 Erasmus+ Sport call, the research group Sport Psychology and Mental Support (SPMB) and the dpt. Topsport en Studie submitted as a coordinator a collaborative partnership entitled Dual Careers for Mental Health (DC4MH). The project was granted by the European Commission and will be led by VUB (prof. dr. Paul Wylleman, dr. Koen De Brandt, dr. Jolan Kegelaers, dr. Simon Defruyt and dra. Sofie Smismans).

DC4MH will start in January 2021 and aims to optimize mental health services within European dual career organizations. The project brings together a consortium of 28 experts on mental health and dual career representing 10 organizations from 6 Member States (Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden). The consortium includes a range of different organizations (i.e. national sport governing bodies, high performance center, elite sport club, universities, sport gymnasium, health institute) and span both secondary education and higher education. The recommendations and tools developed and implemented within this project will allow DC organizations to optimize their support services and facilitate a healthy combination of high-level sports and education.




The project consortium consists of:

  • Royal Sport Club Anderlecht (Jan Verlinden)

  • Team Denmark (Lars Holm, Magnus Wonsyld, Christina Teller, Anders Voigt Tinning, Gregory Diment)

  • Swedish Sport Confederation (Peter Mattsson, Kent Lindahl, Göran Kenttä)

  • Centre d’Alt Rendiment (Susana Reguela, Xavier Balius)

  • Gimnazija Šiška (Janja Tekavc, Andreja Žan, Iztok Usenik) 

  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Paul Wylleman, Koen De Brandt, Jolan Kegelaers, Simon Defruyt); coordinator

  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Miquel Torregrossa, Yago Ramis)

  • Halmstad University (Natalia Stambulova, Andreas Ivarsson)

  • Università di Verona (Francesca Vitali, Federico Schena)

  • Univerza v Ljubljani (Saša Cecić Erpič)

  • World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre (CC) for Research and Training in Mental Health and Service Evaluation (Corrado Barbui) 

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