In some cases, you may feel like your teammate would benefit from professional support. If this is the situation, it is preferable to be direct about your concern, and for you to be open to finding a way to ease their stress about seeking help.
- Convey your belief that treatment can help.
- Share a time that you struggled and how outside support helped you.
- Offer to reach out to the team doctor to get a referral.
- Maybe they would feel more comfortable if you sat with them while they called to make an appointment or rode with them to their first appointment.
- Make it clear that you will follow-up to find out how it went and what the plan will be.
- Another great resource is Crisis Text Line (CTL). At any time, you can reach out to CTL to ask advice or your teammate or loved one can reach out to get support.
- Here’s how it works: Crisis Text Line serves anyone, experiencing any difficulty, providing access to free support and information via text.
- Text START to 741-741 from anywhere in the USA. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly.