Introducing the Philadelphia Phillies’ inaugural mental health director

Breaking the Stigma: How Mental Health Director Maria Nobleza is Helping Philadelphia Phillies Players Navigate Life in Baseball

Nobleza is the mental health director for the Philadelphia Phillies and her main responsibility is to help players and coaches navigate the ups and downs of baseball. She strongly believes that mental health is just as important as physical health in the demanding lifestyle of professional baseball, which includes grueling travel schedules and time away from families. In her second season, Nobleza was pleasantly surprised by the players’ openness to mental health initiatives and their willingness to seek help.

While Nobleza doesn’t disclose specific details about her sessions, she acknowledges that dealing with pressure is a common topic among players. She sees Philadelphia as an ideal place to practice managing stress, given the city’s high-pressure environment. Beyond wins and losses, Nobleza hopes to inspire other women to pursue careers in mental health and make a difference in the field.

Nobleza believes that seeking help is a courageous step towards improving both on-field performance and overall well-being. She views asking for help as a sign of strength and hopes that her work will pave the way for others to seek mental health support. By normalizing mental health care, she aims to empower players to reach their full potential and thrive both on and off the field.

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