Bravo, Carolina Panthers! Mental health IS health. I deeply admire and respect the dedication of the athletes who recognize the importance of health and closely work with the dietitians to monitor nutrition, as well as the athletes who put in the work training hard with intense physical conditioning for peak performance on the field. Perhaps however, this will get the word out to the other National Football League teams that monitoring and fine-tuning mental health for the wellness of its' athletes is the REAL secret ingredient to the recipe of success!
Earlier today I had the opportunity to briefly speak with the Panther's Director of Wellness, Ms. Tish Guerin, LCSW. It was such a pleasure speaking with Ms. Guerin, learning about the work she is accomplishing as a pioneer of mental health, bridging the gap between mental health services and professional sports. You can read more about Ms. Guerin and the Carolina Panther's initiative for athlete wellness here.
A big thank you to Yahoo Sports for originally publishing the article.
Amy Pope-Latham, LCSW is a clinical psychotherapist in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.