Make Your Mental Health a Priority

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Your Mental Health Matters

Your mental wellness is as important as your physical health.

We’ve heard the lessons since childhood: Brush your teeth before bed. Stretch before running. Don’t eat right before swimming. And yes, it’s important to keep tabs on how your body is running physically. But it’s just as important to be aware of how you’re doing mentally.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and it’s the perfect time to pause and check in with yourself. Ask yourself how you’re feeling and what you can do to support those around you. Like shooting 100 free throws or lifting weights, finding ways to take care of your mind can lay the foundation for wellness and success.

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NBA Mind Health

Building a community of support

NBA Mind Health is guided by the central idea of humanizing mental health. Our mission is to engage, educate, and serve the NBA community and to position mental health as an essential element of wellness & excellence – both on and off the court.

We see mental health as a part of our lived experiences and are here to help you navigate challenges but to also help you identify mental-health-related opportunities and strengths.

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Our Core Pillars: M.I.N.D.

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MorE than illness Continuum

Your mental health is more than an illness. It’s also more than feeling great today. It’s an ongoing awareness of a wide range of feelings and emotions, day in and day out. It’s about taking care of yourself on a regular basis.

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Inclusive Factors

Your mental health is shaped by everything you are and everything you experience, including your biology and societal factors. What affects one person may not affect another the same way.

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Multiple Narratives

There are both individual and social components to mental health. Not only can you address your wellness through self-care, but you can also help create healthy spaces to support those around you.

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Defined Relationship with Performance

Mental health is a core element of your performance — on the basketball court, at the office, or in your daily life. Addressing your mental health is an important step toward achieving success.

Keys to Wellness

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Emotional

This is about you and your feelings. It all starts here: How you’re feeling can affect your happiness, your relationships, and even your ability to excel on the basketball court.

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Social

This is about you and the people in your life. It’s important to have a support network — to feel like you’re connected to others, to feel like you belong.

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Intellectual

What are you interested in? What gets you excited to learn more? This is about finding activities that promote curiosity, learning, and creativity.

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Physical

NBA players are no strangers to this one. Just as healthy habits — eating well, sleeping well, exercising regularly— can affect you as a player, they can also affect you as a person.

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Spiritual

This is about finding a sense of purpose in your life and developing meaningful connections. Some people find spiritual wellness in faith communities or volunteer opportunities.

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Professional

It’s important to gain satisfaction and long-term financial stability from your work.

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I've gotten more disciplined, I work harder, I work smarter, I love on my people harder. … It just keeps improving everything else for me.

- Damian Lillard

on the importance of hard work, compassion, and humility on and off the court

Mental Health Highlights

Next Level Mentality Series

Powered by the Jr. NBA and NBA Academy, the series covers 10 mental performance topics, with facilitator guides and videos targeted for kids ages 9-14.

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Next Level Mentality Conversation

Dr. Kensa Gunter, NBA Mind Health director, joins Dr. Alex Auerbach and Aidan Wing for a conversation at the Jr. NBA Conference powered by Under Armour.

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Beyond28 Podcast

The May 19th episode recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month, exploring personal narratives and the relationship between mental health and the Black community.

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The Steve Fund Community Conversations

This free series features conversations about timely issues involving mental health and the emotional well-being of young people of color.

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The Me You Can’t See

This new docuseries, co-created by Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry, examines mental health and issues of well-being around the world.

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Mental Health Awareness Conversation:  Dr. Vivek Murthy and Kevin Love

Kevin Love sits down with U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy to discuss mental health, struggling with feelings of loneliness and isolation, and the important lessons COVID-19 has taught us.

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NBA G League Mental Wealth series

Conversation series between Dr. Yaeger and G League players who prioritize mental health as an essential element of wellness

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