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The Courageous Fight to Fix the NBA’s Mental Health Problem

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Melody Bot, Aug 20, 2018.

  1. Melody Bot

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    Jackie MacMullan is doing a five part series on mental health in the NBA for ESPN:

    Yet there remain many obstacles to confront, chief among them the stigma attached to mental health that prompts many players to suffer in silence. There’s another critical sticking point: The union insists that mental health treatment be confidential, but some NBA owners, who in some cases are paying their players hundreds of millions of dollars, want access to the files of their “investments.”

  2. .K.

    Trusted Prestigious

    Glad Demar let people know he was dealing with stuff. Humanizes the athlete. Also creates an environment for other like Kevin Love to say, yeah, it’s a thing for me too. High pressure sports, lots of injuries and complex travel. The conversation in the NBA is started without it coming as a result of a suicide or something else traumatic.

    I’m sure there have been incidents before. If players, union and ownership can have productive conversations it’s at least a start. Hope it goes and stays that way in that industry.
  3. Zip It Chris

    Be kind; everyone is on their own journey.

    It's good to see this stuff in the fold...can help a lot of people that buy in to the toxic masculinity of sport and refuse to admit their problems or get help.