Behavioural health service Kindbridge has partnered with the National Football League’s (NFL) Professional Athletes Foundation (PAF) to create awareness around mental health in sport.
The PAF supports retired NFL players by offering specific programs and resources to help them readjust to non-professional life.
The partnership will give former NFL a dedicated space to discuss a variety of mental health topics, including problem gambling and related topics.
“The players asked, and we are delivering,” said Tyrone Allen, director of the PAF. “This program is an essential step to making more mental health resources available to our retired players community.”
Data from the first six months of the program will be analysed to measure how licensed mental health programs like Kindbridge can help groups like PAF.
Data from the first 18 months will be used to track the health of those who participate.
“The building of robust internal infrastructure to support psychological and mental health is a clear demonstration of the commitment of the Professional Athletes Foundation to take these issues seriously,” said Daniel Umfleet, founder and CEO of Kindbridge. “Gambling is another concern that can compound or create serious mental health related problems.”
“Together with the PAF we look forward to supporting former NFL players on their journey to better understanding their own mental health.”