Baseball and Mental Health: How Philadelphia Phillies Mental Health Director Deanna Nobleza Is Helping Players Thrive on and off the Field

Introducing the Philadelphia Phillies’ inaugural mental health director

In her role as mental health director for the Philadelphia Phillies, Dr. Deanna Nobleza is responsible for helping players and coaches navigate the highs and lows of baseball. She believes that mental health is just as important as physical health in the demanding lifestyle of professional baseball, which includes travel schedules and time away from families.

Nobleza was pleasantly surprised by the players’ willingness to open up about mental health initiatives and seek help during her second season with the team. While she doesn’t disclose specific details about her sessions, she acknowledges that dealing with pressure in Philadelphia is a common topic among players. She sees the city as an ideal 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 difference in the field. She believes that seeking help is a courageous step towards improving performance both on and off the field. By normalizing mental health care, she aims to support players in maximizing their potential and well-being.

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