Now that we have launched our new website, this is the first in a new series of blogs that will be posted. Of course, there is no shortage of heavy topics to speak to in our evolving health care field. So I’ve decided to start with one on the lighter side, yet still important and relevant to the progress being made with eliminating stigma and increasing public awareness of mental health.
It begins with a conversation I had a number of years ago with a psychiatrist who did some part time work for CLM. He shared with me that one of his other jobs was as a team psychiatrist for the Boston Red Sox. His mention of this stayed with me and then recently I came across a story reporting that at least 3 major league teams (Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals) have embraced the concept to have dedicated staff (sports psychologists). The help is for both on and off the field issues which could get in the way of winning performance. With baseball season in full gear, it’s a timely example of the progress being made to view getting help for a mental health issue as positive, constructive and important for the best quality of life.