National Basketball Association mental health memo sets new expectations for teams

  • National Basketball Association mental health memo sets new expectations for teams

National Basketball Association mental health memo sets new expectations for teams

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

The NBA's changes come after a slate of players revealed their battles with mental health both before and during their time in the league. According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, the National Basketball Association has a new mental health policy that will be enforced next season and teams are starting to become privy to it.

The NBA has done more than any of the 3 other major sports leagues to address the mental health issues of its athletes, and now they may be poised to do even more.

All teams must have at least one mental health professional on retainer. Teams must apparently also establish procedures to communicate club practices regarding privacy and confidentiality to players and staff.

- Attend a September 12 "health and wellness meeting" in Chicago where these matters will be discussed and analyzed even further.

Throughout the course of its existence, the National Basketball Association has seen some of its players go through depression and other mental health issues, which has definitely impacted their performance on and off the court.

Kyle Lowry, Royce White, and DeMar DeRozan also have spoken out about mental health and detailed their personal experiences.

This is yet another example of commissioner Adam Silver tending to the health and rights of his players. "A lot of these young men are generally unhappy".