National Basketball Association mental health memo sets new expectations for teams

Henrietta Strickland
August 8, 2019

The NBA is doing what it can to ensure its players are staying healthy mentally.

The NBA announced an expanded set of mental health policies for 2019-20 on Wednesday, according to The Athletic's Sam Amick.

Mental health and issues of anxiety and depression have been increasingly prevalent in society these days.

In the report, it states that every team will need to have one to two "one to two" mental health professional that, of course, need to be licensed.

Each organization must "identify a licensed psychiatrist" available to help manage any mental health concerns. And the National Basketball Association released its first set of mental health guidelines for teams just past year. Teams must apparently also establish procedures to communicate club practices regarding privacy and confidentiality to players and staff.

Players such as Kevin Love and Keyon Dooling have written pieces for The Players' Tribune, addressing their personal struggles with mental health and have tried to break the negative stigmas.

This is yet another example of commissioner Adam Silver tending to the health and rights of his players.

"When I meet with (NBA players who have expressed concern on this front), what strikes me is that they're truly unhappy, " Silver said at the Sloan Conference in Boston.

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