Mental Health being taken seriously in the world of sports.
We are seeing more and more corporations discussing the topic of mental health and the stimga that surrounds it. Companies like Starbucks just recently discussed how they will be improving their EAP program to allow their employees to have access to therapy if and when it is needed. Another area we are seeing improve is the sports world.
Just last week in Chicago the NBA released that they adopted some new rules and starting this year, all teams must have at least one mental health professional on their full-time staff. A number of NBA players have recently been open about their battles with anxiety, depression, and addiction issues. These struggles are intensified when paired with the constant need to be “the best” and the fear of letting your team, fans, and your family down.
When people usually think of addiction they picture someone who is usually living on the streets with no job and no money. Most people wouldn’t immediately think of a NBA basketball player who has more money than they even know what to do with, multiple cars, and mansions. We tend to look at these individuals and think “Eh, what do they have to be depressed about, they are millionaires”. The reality is addiction and mental illness don’t play favorites and they definitely don’t care how much money you make. Anybody, reguardless of your race, gender, and economic status, can suffer from addiction and mental illness.
This is a major move in the right direction and I hope other sport organizations follow suit.