What Have You Done Today for Your Mind Health?

This Mental Health Awareness Month, take steps to prioritize your mental wellness.

Your Mental Health Is An Important Part of Your Overall Health and Well-being

Check in with yourself. Build connections. Find ways to brighten your outlook. These are some of the small steps you can take every day to improve your mental health. 

Take it from the pros

Here are five ways the pros prioritize their mental health.

"I find the best way to deal with something is to talk about it with the people I love and to have faith in God.”

Marvin Bagley III, to ESPN

How This Helps

“I had been searching for other things to develop a passion for besides basketball. I’m getting into photography and reading more."

Katie Lou Samuelson, to ESPN

How This Helps

“Before games, what I do is I meditate. … Take a couple minutes to breathe, close my eyes, and I think good thoughts.”

Angel McCoughtry

How This Helps

“Being able to talk about mental wellness openly has had such an impact on me.”

DeMar DeRozan, via Twitter

How This Helps

“The best thing that I did was to come out and say, ‘Hey, look, I need some help.’”

Kevin Love

How This Helps

“I find the best way to deal with something is to talk about it with the people I love and to have faith in God.”

Marvin Bagley III, to ESPN

How This Helps

“I had been searching for other things to develop a passion for besides basketball. I’m getting into photography and reading more.”

Katie Lou Samuelson, to ESPN

How This Helps

“Before games, what I do is I meditate. … Take a couple minutes to breathe, close my eyes, and I think good thoughts.”

Angel McCoughtry

How This Helps

“Being able to talk about mental wellness openly has had such an impact on me.”

DeMar DeRozan, via Twitter

How This Helps

“The best thing that I did was to come out and say, ‘Hey, look, I need some help.’”

Kevin Love

How This Helps

Design Your Game Plan

What mind health strategies work best for you and your life? Make a game plan for these key wellness areas. Select a play for all five cards and unlock a hidden message!

Complete your gameplan to unlock a message!

Pick Up the Pace

Find opportunities to move throughout the day.

Get Your Teammates Involved

Build connections with friends and family.

Get Open

Stay open to new adventures and experiences.

Congrats on completing your mental health game plan!

Now it's time to execute! Click below to view a message of encouragement.

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Complete your game plan to unlock a message!

Pick Up the Pace

Find opportunities to move throughout the day.

Get Your Teammates Involved

Build connections with friends and family.

Get Open

Stay open to new adventures and experiences.

Congrats on completing your mental health game plan!

Now it's time to execute. Click below to view a message of encouragement.

View Message

Now it's time to execute. View the message for some added motivation!

Enhance Your M.I.N.D.

Your relationships, your perspective, and your physical health are just some of the factors that can affect your mental health.

NBA Mind Health is here to help the entire NBA community — players, coaches, trainers, fans, and more — find opportunities to enhance and maintain their mental health. Your mental health is your health. And we encourage you to approach it through the lens of the M.I.N.D. acronym:

Maintenance

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Sometimes the most important act is one of the simplest ones: Just pause and check in with yourself. How are you feeling today? There is no right or wrong answer, and asking this question can increase self-awareness and provide an opportunity to stay on top of minor challenges before they become larger issues.

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Information

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Keep learning about mental health and your own mental performance. This can help you become a self-advocate, identify available resources, and provide support to others.

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New Skills

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Have you tried mindfulness? What about guided imagery? Find opportunities to try something new or refine skills you already have. The willingness to learn and grow is a hallmark of happy and successful people.

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Direct Support

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When a mental health challenge is beginning to affect your life, it’s time to reach out for support. There is nothing wrong with asking for help. Talk to someone you trust, such as a friend, family member, counselor, or faith leader.

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