Down Arrow

We’re Still in This Together

The COVID-19 pandemic has tested our ties with friends, family, teammates and coworkers. But along the way, people have found creative ways to stay connected. A virtual game night. An outdoors gathering. A parade of parents, driving their kids past a friend’s house to say happy birthday.

Our social connections have the power to boost our mental and physical health. Find ways to strengthen your connections with the people who add meaning to your life, whether by texting an old friend out of the blue, or checking in on a friend or neighbor. Take a moment to think about who you lean on in challenging times and how you can support those who lean on you.

Knowing When to Ask for Help

When a mental health challenge is beginning to affect aspects of your life, such as your work and relationships, it’s time to reach out for support. People experiencing mental health challenges may be unable to do the following:

  • Think clearly.
  • Make decisions.
  • Sleep, eat, or work.
  • Escape feelings of depression.
  • See themselves as worthwhile.
  • Imagine a future without pain.
Male and female silhouettes

Knowing Where to Find It

If you fell and broke your leg, you’d go see a doctor. Think of mental health challenges in exactly the same way. It’s OK to ask for help when you need it — to find a therapist, try out a support group, or confide in a family member or friend.

The resources toward the bottom of this page offer additional information and places to turn if you need support. If you or someone you know is facing a mental health crisis, text 'TEAM' to 741741 to access free support through the Crisis Text Line, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Male and female silhouettes

Providing Support

Knowing that people care about you – that people see you – is a powerful thing. If you’re concerned about a family member or friend, reach out to them. Start a conversation. Show that you’re thinking about them.

It helps to approach these conversations with empathy and humility. Realize that we can’t know everything about someone else’s experience. Be open to learning about their experiences and their feelings.

Remember: Our mental health is shaped by individual, social and societal factors — including our biology, our upbringing and current events. The same experience may affect two people in different ways, and we all need different forms of support.

Give It A Try: Active Listening

Use these active listening techniques to make challenging conversations more comfortable

  • 1
    Put away your phone and other devices.
  • 2
    Keep relaxed eye contact and nod to encourage the speaker.
  • 3
    Notice and allow room for any strong emotions that may come up.
  • 4
    Allow the other person to finish their point.
  • 5
    Repeat back in your own words what you heard them say. Ask for clarification if needed.
  • Remember, there’s no expectation for you to solve the problem. Active listening is about being present and reminding the other person that they are not alone.

Quote Icon

I have my best friends from high school and middle school still with me. My family’s always around and I just keep the same circle and I think that’s important. Finding that circle, finding those people that you can really trust is important for your mental stability.

- Trae Young

Atlanta Hawks

Mental Health Highlights

U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory: Protecting Youth Mental Health

Mental health is an essential component of every child's overall well-being. The U.S. Surgeon General’s Youth Mental Health Advisory is a call-to-action with steps we can all take to support our youth.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

Beyond28 Podcast

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

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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

Learn More

Explore Your Mind Health

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.

Basketball with 4 colors.
Explore your mind health
Male and female silhouettes