When you’ve been diagnosed with depression, you may be asking yourself, “What can I do to help my team win?”
But depression in hockey is a serious issue, especially for younger players.
To help you through this time, the NHL is giving players who suffer from depression the ability to take a short-term, non-invasive therapy to help them heal and develop the skills necessary to succeed.
The program is called the Teamwork Program and was launched in January.
This short-time treatment allows players to recover from a brief, nonclinical session, and is designed to help prevent further complications in the long-term.
“This is a very small, noninvasive therapeutic program that gives us the chance to build a stronger bond between the player and the staff,” said NHL head coach John Tortorella.
“The goal is to provide the player with a feeling of belonging and to give them a chance to heal.
And the team can do it with these little sessions that are a couple of minutes long, and we don’t have to have a physician on the team.”
While players are able to take part in the program, they will need to go through a medical checkup once they return to the ice, which will determine if they will be eligible for the program.
This process will take place once a player returns to the rink, which usually takes anywhere from a few days to a week.
The team is encouraging players to take advantage of the short-duration treatment by taking time off from work to have the therapy.
During this time they will not be in the gym, and they will have their usual routines and team activities, like games, practice and games, as well as meals and rest periods.
If you have any questions about this program or any other mental health related topic, please contact the NHL Concussion and Neuropsychiatric Program at (800) 877-4357.