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National Basketball Association mental health memo sets new expectations for teams

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

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 league office reportedly issued a memo to all 30 teams, announcing the following measures required by each team for the upcoming season.

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.

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

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is very happy with the recent developments in the National Basketball Association, particularly the league's new mental health guidelines for the upcoming season. They retained the help of a mental health foundation to advise them on mental health issues in 2017.

Moreover, teams must also have a "written action plan" in case of mental health emergencies, and that team executives must communicate to players and staff members how they will go about ensuring privacy and confidentiality.

- Attend a September 12 "health and wellness meeting" in Chicago where these matters will be discussed and analyzed even further. Kevin Love and Keyon Dooling wrote personal essays on the matter for The Player's Tribune.

Commissioner Adam Silver addressed concerns around players' mental health in March while at the Sloan Conference in Boston.

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