As we keep saying, there is a sea change going on regarding public
awareness in mental health. Consistent acknowledgement of the importance
of mental health by the NFL is another huge step forward in this cultural
shift.

NFL, union to host symposium on mental health on May 14

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Thursday, May 3, 2018, 1:02 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — The NFL and the players’ union will host a symposium on
mental health on May 14.

Entitled “Beyond The Physical: A Symposium on Mental Health in Sports,” the
forum will feature a series of panels with current and former NFL players
as well as mental health organizations, caregivers, medical providers and
media personalities. The aim is to raise awareness of mental health and
promote a culture in which people, including athletes, are encouraged to
seek help and support to achieve overall wellness.

Confirmed panelists include NFL wide receiver and co-founder of Project 375
Brandon Marshall; former NFL cornerback Asher Allen; former Pro Bowl
running back Warrick Dunn; Atlanta Falcons senior director of player
affairs Kevin Winston; and representatives from Active Minds, Mental Health
America (MHA) of Georgia, the American Psychological Association, and
Campaign to Change Direction.

“May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the NFL is pleased to partner
with the NFLPA and Cigna to increase awareness and decrease the stigma
around mental health …” said Dwight Hollier, the NFL’s vice president of
wellness and clinical services. “This effort is especially important in
light of the messages young athletes receive about toughness and the need
to be strong all the time. Through our discussions with caregivers,
athletes, professionals and others, we will shine a light on mental health
in sports and discuss ways to support athletes and others on the journey
toward total wellness.”

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