The National Hockey League has announced a new policy that will ensure players receive psychological support and emotional guidance as they prepare for the start of the 2017-18 season.
Under the new guidelines, the league says players will be given the opportunity to be assessed by a mental health professional as they begin to recover from their injuries.
This is an important step to make sure players receive the best help possible to get back on the ice and on the field and to be able to resume their normal activities, the NHL said in a news release on Tuesday.
“The NHL and its teams have made tremendous progress in recent years to ensure that our players receive top-notch medical and mental health care,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in the release.
The league says the guidelines are the first step in its process to provide a comprehensive framework for the mental health and wellness of its players.”
This policy update builds on the foundation that we have established since the NHLPA and players started the conversation about the importance of a mental illness diagnosis and how it should be treated.”
The league says the guidelines are the first step in its process to provide a comprehensive framework for the mental health and wellness of its players.
The NHLPA said it is committed to the best way to ensure its players receive quality mental health treatment, including the mental wellbeing of their mental health professionals.