NBA Will Enforce New Mental Health Policy Next Season

The NBA is reportedly issuing new mental health guidelines for all teams

The NBA is reportedly issuing new mental health guidelines for all teams

Sources say the National Basketball Association issued a memo to all 30 teams on Wednesday detailing changes that will be required before the start of the 2019-20 season.

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

- Retain and make available to players on a voluntary basis one to two mental health professionals who are licensed in their field and locality, and with experience in assessing and treating clinical mental health issues.

According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, the National Basketball Association is reportedly bulking up its mental health guidelines for the upcoming season.

- Identify a licensed psychiatrist (M.D. or D.O.) to be available to assist in managing player mental health issues.

A plan for possible "mental health emergencies" must be written out for every team.

The NBA is reportedly holding a mandatory "health and wellness meeting" September 12 in Chicago to further discuss the program.

Throughout the course of its existence, the National Basketball Association has seen some of its players go through depression and other mental health issues, which has definitely impacted their performance on and off the court. DeMar DeRozan discussed his own battle with depression with the Toronto Star's Doug Smith.

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

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