Minor league baseball players with major mental health issues
Low wages and substandard housing are causing a mental health crisis in minor league baseball.
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On September 30, 2021, the last day of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, ESPN published an article titled, “Can A Union Solve This Problem?” Minor leaguers say poverty-level wages and substandard housing are causing a mental health crisis. “1
The story began with a failed suicide attempt by minor league baseball player Kieran Lovegrove who was in financial and other trouble. He then felt he was supposed to talk about mental health in the minor leagues. Most are reluctant to jeopardize their careers by doing so.
In the midst of the start of the highly profitable major league and world series playoffs, with many players with multi-million dollar annual contracts, we have the minor leagues – the supply grounds of the majors – with a financial crisis and Mental Health. It sort of sounds like the more general and growing division in our country between the rich and the poor. Additionally, while psychiatric and psychological care infused the major leagues, it was not readily available to the minor leagues. Thankfully, the works and actions of Lovegrove and other minor leagues seem to be catching the attention of major league owners. May this also attract the attention of the rest of society as another underserved group in mental health care.
Professional baseball enjoys legal protection against the use of unions. The same is true of companies involved in health care, so psychiatrists and other doctors cannot unionize. Without it, the courage to speak out against mental harm takes on additional weight and necessity wherever it is found in such systems, the most recent being Facebook. The desired result, of course, is better sanity in these systems and their users.
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1. Lee J. “Can a union solve this problem? Minor leaguers say poverty-level wages and substandard housing are causing a mental health crisis. ESPN. September 30, 2021. Accessed October 5, 2021. https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/32172108/can-union-fix-minor-leaguers-say-poverty-level-pay-poor-housing-driving-mental-health-crisis