NEW YORK, May 25, 2018 – The National Basketball Players Association [“NBPA”] is pleased to announce the launch of its new Mental Health and Wellness Program. The Program will serve as a resource for all NBPA members, assisting them with a wide range of mental health challenges and issues.
The Mental Health and Wellness Program will be developed and managed solely by the NBPA, with its primary headquarters located in Los Angeles. Keyon Dooling, who has been serving as the NBPA Player Wellness Counselor since January 2018, will soon be joined by a Director of Mental Health and Wellness.
“In recent months, several of our players have spoken candidly about their internal struggles,” said NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts. “Their stories have reminded us all that mental health challenges may be faced by everyone, including professional athletes. This is an area that can no longer be neglected. As a Players Association, it is our responsibility to provide our members the resources to succeed both mentally and physically. Accordingly, we have decided to make mental health a priority now.”
“I am thrilled to be a part of this new program within the NBPA,” said Keyon Dooling. “I look forward to serving the needs of our players and to continue normalizing the conversation around mental health in the NBA.”