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Player Health and Wellness

Player Health and Wellness

Mental Health

In collaboration with the NFLPA, the NFL is committed to helping build a positive culture around mental health by providing players and the NFL family with comprehensive mental health and wellness resources and equipping them with the tools to succeed, on and off the field, over the course of their lives.
Changing the Conversation

Changing the Conversation

'It Takes All Of Us' to de-stigmatize seeking help for mental health struggles. Michael Robinson, D.J. Chark Jr., Solomon Thomas, Joey Bosa, Ali Marpet, and Hayden Hurst share how they manage their mental wellness.

If you or a loved one is struggling, you are not alone. For more information or to seek help:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-TALK)
Mental Health America (

Mental Health Resources for Players

In service of the NFL's commitment to players' long-term health and well-being on and off the field, the league provides collectively bargained mental wellness benefits and resources to current and former players.

NFL Total Wellness provides wellness resources to all members of the NFL family, including education at every stage of the player life cycle through programs like the Rookie Success Program, team mental health trainings, and Legends Ambassadors trainings.


The NFL Player Care Foundation staffs licensed clinical social workers who provide expert consultation and serve as liaisons between former players and service providers, referring individuals to treatment services through partners and benefits.


NFL Life Line is a free, confidential, and independently operated resource that connects current and former players with trained counselors who can help individuals work through any personal or emotional crisis 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

NFL Player Benefits

NFL Player Benefits

The NFL's commitment to players' long-term health and well-being extends on and off the field, for every player, through all stages of their lives. In service of that goal, active and former players have a range of collectively bargained benefits and resources available.

Player Perspectives

The NFL marked Mental Health Awareness Month in May by sharing NFL players' stories and perspectives on mental wellness. In this video series, current and former players shared how they prioritize their mental health and emotional wellbeing. For some players, that included sharing their own stories and experiences with mental health concerns.

NFL-NFLPA Joint Agreement Supports Behavioral and Mental Health Care

Under the joint agreement signed in 2019, the NFL and NFLPA formed a Comprehensive Mental Health and Wellness Committee, which develops programs and resources for players, coaches, club personnel and players' family members regarding mental health and wellness. The agreement also requires each team to retain a Behavioral Health Team Clinician focused on supporting players' emotional and mental health and well-being. These Clinicians also create and conduct annual team rehearsals of Mental Health Emergency Action Plans.