Breaking the Stigma: Mental Health in Professional Baseball with Dr. Deanna Nobleza

Introducing the Philadelphia Phillies’ inaugural mental health director

In her role as mental health director for the Philadelphia Phillies, Dr. Deanna Nobleza is dedicated to helping players and coaches navigate the highs and lows of baseball. She emphasizes that mental health is just as important as physical health in the demanding lifestyle of professional baseball, which includes rigorous travel schedules and time away from families. In her second season, Nobleza was pleasantly surprised by the players’ willingness to open up about their mental health and seek help.

While Nobleza doesn’t share specific details about her sessions with players, she acknowledges that dealing with pressure is a common topic among those in the industry. She sees Philadelphia as a great place to practice managing stress and building resilience. Beyond wins and losses, Nobleza hopes to inspire other women to pursue careers in mental health and make a positive impact on the field.

Nobleza believes that seeking help is a courageous step towards improving both performance on and off the field. She views asking for assistance as a sign of strength and hopes that her work will encourage others to prioritize their mental well-being. By normalizing mental health care, she aims to support players in reaching their full potential and living healthy, fulfilling lives both on and off the field.

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