Given all the sports-related (and especially NFL-related) health issues in the news lately (Greg Montgomery, Junior Seau), I thought Celebrity Psychings readers would be interested to know that the National Football League has launched NFL Life Line.
NFL Life Line is a free and confidential support hotline for members of the NFL family, which includes current and former NFL players, coaches, staff (for the team and league), and their family members.
Organizations involved with NFL Life Line include the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Jed Foundation, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the Education Development Center, and Link2Health Solutions.
According to the website, the NFL Life Line works similarly to other support hotlines:
Individuals can simply call (800) 506-0078 to be connected with a counselor. These caring professionals are trained to understand the specific issues that may arise during or after a professional career in football, as well as a variety of general problems that can affect anyone. No confidential information about individual calls or callers is shared with the NFL, teams, or any other organization. They’re there to listen and assist callers in finding solutions in challenging times, provide support for individuals who are calling out of concern for somebody else, and can connect callers with programs and resources offered by the NFL and other organizations.
In addition to talking with trained professionals, callers can visit nfllifeline.org and get information about physical, emotional, and mental health as well as information about health resources for current and former NFL players, their families, and the general public.
For more information, visit nfllifeline.org or call 1-800-506-0078.
Do you have any experience with support hotlines? Share with us in the comments below!
Special Credit: Thanks to Dr. Mike Anestis of Psychotherapy Brown Bag for posting information about NFL Lifeline!
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Last reviewed: 7 Aug 2012