Birmingham Maple Clinic Reports NFL Launching New Mental Health Program for Players

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Birmingham Maple Clinic, providers of mental health treatment that includes treatment for athletes, recently reported that the NFL has launched a new mental health initiative to help troubled players and their families.

The NFL Life Line is open to everyone involved in the NFL, including current and former players, coaches, team staff and their family members.

The NFL has launched a new mental health program for both current and former players and their families, the mental health treatment experts at the Birmingham Maple Clinic in Michigan reported. According to a recent NFL press conference where the NFL Life Line Program was announced, the program was created in response to the recent suicides of former NFL linebacker Junior Seau and former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson. The new comprehensive wellness program for current and retired players, the NFL Life Line, includes a confidential mental health service to address the mental health component of brain injuries, in an effort to protect both current and former players and their families from the dangers of untreated mental health issues that often accompany brain injury.

As reported by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, an independent agency will run the NFL Life Line, which provides free consultative services in order to educate players and family members on common symptoms of mental illness and symptoms of many common mental health disorders; most likely for depression and severe depressive disorders. The NFL Life Line is open to everyone involved in the NFL, including current and former players, coaches, team staff and their family members. All calls and visits to the website will remain completely confidential.

The NFL Life Line services also include experts in suicide prevention, substance abuse and others who can provide players and families with immediate assistance in crisis and non-life threatening situations. Goodell said, “There is no higher priority for the National Football League than the health and wellness of our players. This service is here for you.”

The announcement from the NFL comes as many training camps are getting under way and as former players are beginning to file federal lawsuits against the NFL, claiming that the NFL did not do enough to shield them from the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma. The lawsuits claim that appropriate preventative actions were not taken, even when there was already substantial medical evidence out in the public establishing a connection between head injuries caused by playing football and severe mental and physical health problems.

Birmingham Maple Clinic has been specializing in mental health services in Michigan for 40 years, providing services for individuals, couples, families, groups and the community. The clinic also provides psychotherapy for athletes from in-house expert Calder Kaufman (MA, LLP). Birmingham Maple Clinic treats child and adult ADHD, anxiety and panic disorders, chronic illness, depression, grief and loss, eating disorders, substance abuse, sexual addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder and marriage, family and relationship counseling. For more information, please visit

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