Ted Leonsis on why mental health is a priority for his organizations originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
For Monumental Sports and Entertainment CEO, Ted Leonsis, mental health is a priority for everyone in his organization.
And he wants it to be something everyone feels comfortable talking about openly – and reaching out for help when needed.
“We want what’s best for the player,” he said in an interview with NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller as part of our Headstrong series. “If they’re functioning very well at a very high level physically, emotionally, mentally, we’re gonna win a lot of games.” To ensure his athletes have the ability to maintain their mental health, the Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics all have access to mental health professionals at any time under the MSE umbrella.
“I just think the more we shine a light on these issues, and we just remove the stigma that you don’t have to have all the answers, you don’t have to have every day being a good day, and that if you’re feeling really really blue, ask for help,” he said.
NBC Sports and the NBC Sports Regional Networks launched Headstrong to create additional awareness and further the conversation surrounding mental health and men’s health issues. You can hear Leonsis’ entire interview in the Capitals’ Talk podcast, which is embedded above and available in the iTunes store, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.