Paul George And His Mental Health
If you've followed the NBA for any length of time, you know Paul George is one of the game's best. He's an Olympic gold medalist, a seven-time All-Star, and one of the most dynamic players in the game. So, when the Clippers star recently announced a partnership with BetterHelp, a company devoted to providing free therapy for people in need, it was pretty obvious he was serious about mental health.
In fact, George is so serious about his own health that he's donating $3 million to provide free therapy to others. Not only that, he's also taken the initiative to help promote mental health awareness among African-American men. His efforts will begin in November with a foundation dedicated to the cause.
To prove his commitment to improving the mental well-being of those in the community, George is donating $3 million in services to BetterHelp, the world's largest online therapy platform. For the price of a single month of membership, you'll get unlimited access to therapy services from some of the best experts in the field. The website's slogan is "Learn more about your mental health, find your way back to wellness."
Although George is one of the most successful players in the game, he has suffered from anxiety and depression in the past. It's no wonder that he didn't perform to his fullest potential during the first four games of his series with the Dallas Mavericks. After getting some help, George stepped up in Game 5.
“The bubble got the best of me… Shout out to everyone who stood behind me."
Paul George on his start to the playoffs. pic.twitter.com/eleprREKT9
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) August 26, 2020
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, George has been shooting under 25 percent in three straight playoff games. It's not uncommon for a player to shoot under 25 percent in the postseason, but he's the first to do it in nearly 60 years.
One of the best things about the NBA is that it creates a tough environment. Players are forced to face the stresses of everyday life and the pressures of playing for a living. And with no family to turn to for support, it can be difficult to turn off the basketball mode. That's why it's important for athletes to take the time to take care of their mental well-being.
During a recent walk-off interview on TNT, George revealed that he had a dark side. He said that he'd struggled with depression and anxiety while playing in the NBA bubble. He'd been battling it for a while, and it got to the point where he needed to seek out help.
Despite the glare that the NBA brings, many of its players have been open about their struggles. Kevin Love, for example, has spoken candidly about his own mental health issues. Another player who has come out is John Wall. Even Terrance Ferguson, the former Oklahoma City Thunder star who took a leave of absence last season to fight for custody of his daughter, has discussed his own battle with stress.
Having a team to lean on can go a long way towards ensuring you stay healthy, but you can't expect that kind of help all the time. While professional sports can help you get through a tough time, you'll be lucky to have a friend or family member to lean on if you ever have a real crisis.