MENTAL HEALTH

Bergen firm pushes mental health services for women athletes

Madison Packer, captain and player for the Riveters, is seen during their practice at American Dream in East Rutherford, Thursday on 10/13/22.
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It all kicked off with phone call before the start of the season last year.

The Metropolitan Riveters were a year removed from their 2021 pro women’s ice hockey season inside the COVID pandemic bubble, and athletes’ mental health was top of mind. For Madison Packer, the team’s captain, the issue was deeply personal, after losing loved ones to suicide and substance abuse. In hopes of finding resources for her team, she reached out to her general manager at the time, who also was her wife, Anya.

Packer recalls saying: “This is something that’s getting closer and closer to home. I really think it’s important for us to have resources as athletes — not only to be better athletes, but to be better people.”

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