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NBA Reminds Players of Mental Health Supports

The NBA released a letter Tuesday reminding players that help is available if they are struggling with mental health issues.

The letter was written by commissioner Adam Silver and National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts.

As well as encouraging players to seek help, they wrote that NBA players can have a positive influence on society.

“Each of our offices has newly-enhanced mental wellness programs, which we encourage you to use to manage stress, anxiety and other challenges,” they said.

“It’s a critical step that can also encourage teammates and fans alike to understand that it’s a sign of strength, not weakness, to ask for help.”


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“The Players Association and the League are always available to help you find the most meaningful ways to make that difference.

“We continue to support your efforts to bring together families, community leaders and law enforcement to rebuild trust in our neighborhoods; mentor and empower young people; encourage civic engagement; and amplify the voices of organizations that champion the values of equality, diversity and inclusion.

“We may not always agree on every issue, but we still look out for one another,” Silver and Roberts wrote. “We listen and learn from each other. And we understand that we’re all part of something bigger than just a game.”


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The NBA has a few high profile figures who have spoken publicly about dealing with mental health issues. Last season, All-Stars DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love spoke about their own struggles.

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue revealed during the NBA Finals that he received treatment for anxiety during the year. Orlando coach Steve Clifford missed because he had problems stemming from a lack of sleep.

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