Major League Baseball is committed to the well-being of our players, on and off the field. We provide a variety of services, including free and confidential counseling, a 24/7 hotline and external educational resources to encourage and support positive mental health practices.
Minor League Player & Family Wellness Program
Major League Baseball, in its desire to help players, their partners and families, has established a professional outreach service and resource line in accordance with the domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse prevention policy. This resource line is operated by Sand Creek, an independent employee assistance and wellness provider with over 20 years of experience. Additional services offered by Sand Creek include:
- Confidential in-person or telephonic conversations with experienced professionals
- Support to deal with sadness, depression and anxiety
- Coping behavior suggestions that offer a positive alternative to substance abuse or other unhealthy options
- Mental skills building
- Financial counseling
- Legal consultation for an hour with an attorney licensed in your state to address a wide variety of legal issues, including immigration law.
Download the Sand Creek app or visit their Workplace Wellness Portal to access more services, or call, live chat, video chat or use the AI chatbot, to start the intake process today.
Major League Players, Partners and Family Helpline
The MLB Player, Partner and Family Helpline service is a 24/7 resource for Major League players and their families. Text or call the helpline with concerns, questions or to simply talk about parenting, dating, relationships and more. The helpline is operated by a qualified and independent third-party organization. It is free of cost to players, their partner and families, and 100% confidential. Spanish-speaking operators and language line operators are available for the helpline service.
Psych Hub is an online platform providing free, engaging videos about mental health, substance use and suicide prevention. By combining clinical research and the art of storytelling, Psych Hub's videos provide engaging and credible mental health information that is accessible to everyone. The Player Programs Department has partnered with Psych Hub in order to provide players and their families with more information about mental wellness. Some sample videos can be found below.
Videos courtesy of Psych Hub.
Have questions about MLB's wellness program?
If you have questions about the basics of the mental wellness services for players, contact Billy Bean, former Major League player, member of MLB’s Player Programs education team and lead presenter on mental wellness services.
If you have questions about available service providers, contact Larry Westreich, an MLB consultant on matters related to behavioral health and addiction. Larry is available to evaluate a player and/or direct the player to appropriate resources.
Larry Westreich, MD
For additional information regarding all of MLB’s efforts in this area, please feel free to contact Jon Coyles.