To Our Former Players,
Today The Trust celebrates the kickoff of Mental Health Awareness Month.
As a man with a family history of depression, I am fully aware of how mental health affects every part of our lives. As part of our mission, The Trust is committed to promoting mental wellness for you and your family members. Stopping the stigma of mental health is an area our staff, Trust Captains and Trust partners are passionate about, educated in and focused on.
At The Trust, we have designed support services through Cigna, Eisenhower Center, our medical partners (Cleveland Clinic, Hoag, Massachusetts General, Tulane, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and other organizations to assist players with the challenges that may arise once you leave the NFL. Mental wellness is not only about traumatic brain injury or the effects of concussions. A healthy mindset includes self-exploration, supportive relationships, a post-career gameplan and work-life balance. The Trust strives to be a resource in all of these areas.
One concept constantly emphasized in the game of football is “team.” This encourages not only playing for yourself, but also for your brother next to you. I believe we can use this same mentality regarding post-career transition in general, and mental health awareness specifically. If you, or a former player you know need assistance, please reach out to The Trust at 866-725-0063,firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.playerstrust.com.
During the month of May, we will provide content about mental health from our partners and other stakeholders via our website and social media channels. We will also highlight former players and their experiences. Our goal is to raise awareness about mental health, educate former players on resources available and empower those in need to seek assistance.
Once again, thank you for all you’ve given to the game of football, and for allowing us at The Trust to be of service.
Executive Director, The Trust
If you believe that you're experiencing a mental health crisis we encourage you to seek help. In the process of helping yourself, you may be giving the courage to others to reach out for help as well. If you or someone you know is in crisis please call the NFL Life Line at 1-800-506-0078 or call 9-1-1 or head to your nearest local emergency room.
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis we encourage you to seek help. In the process of helping yourself, you may be giving the courage to others to reach out for help as well.
If you or someone you know is in crisis please call the NFL Life Line at 1-800-506-0078 or call 9-1-1 or head to your nearest local emergency room.