• Athletes: Beyond the Field

    Coaching for Athletes

    THE STIGMAL OF MENTAL HEALTH IN THE NFL

    Professional football players need to get help for mental health challenges the same way they seek help for a twisted ankle. Professional football players have the same mental health problems as everyone else, but they also face some unique challenges, such as the confusion, depression, aggression, dementia and other symptoms that can accompany a degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy that's caused by repeated head injuries.

     

    Another challenge is combating mental health stigma among a group that has been trained to avoid showing weakness. When you grow up in an environment where you're constantly being told to suck it up, push through, brush it off, that becomes who you are and how you interact with the world. It can be detrimental when you're faced with challenges you can't handle yourself.

    Coaching for Athletes

    THE STIGMAL OF MENTAL HEALTH IN THE NFL

    Professional football players need to get help for mental health challenges the same way they seek help for a twisted ankle. Professional football players have the same mental health problems as everyone else, but they also face some unique challenges, such as the confusion, depression, aggression, dementia and other symptoms that can accompany a degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy that's caused by repeated head injuries.

     

    Another challenge is combating mental health stigma among a group that has been trained to avoid showing weakness. When you grow up in an environment where you're constantly being told to suck it up, push through, brush it off, that becomes who you are and how you interact with the world. It can be detrimental when you're faced with challenges you can't handle yourself.