The NFL announced a new health program for former and current players called NFL Total Wellness.
The program will build “upon current NFL programs and services that assist members of the NFL family with matters such as physical and mental health, family safety, lifestyle and transition into their post-NFL life," the league said in a press release.
“There is no higher priority for the National Football League than the health and wellness of our players. Members of our community are not immune to the challenges that all individuals face. As we enter what promises to be a very exciting 2012 season, we stand by our commitment to the total wellness of our current and former players. This service is here for you,” commissioner Roger Goodell said in an email to more than 11,000 current and former players, plus club and league staff.
NFL Total Wellness will offer a service called “NFL Life Line,” an independent and confidential 24/7/365 phone consultation service and website run by third-party mental health professionals. A group of national health experts will help provide support for members of the NFL family. This group also operates a program for military service members.