Riveters captain and player Madison Packer is seen training at American Dream in East Rutherford on Thursday 13/10/22.

Bergen company pushes mental health services for female athletes

It all started with a phone call before the start of the season last year.

The Metropolitan Riveters were one year into their 2021 professional women’s ice hockey season inside the COVID pandemic bubble, and athlete mental health was a priority. For team captain Madison Packer, the issue was deeply personal, having lost loved ones to suicide and drug addiction. Hoping to find resources for her team, she reached out to her then-general manager, who was also his wife, Anya.

Packer remembers saying, “It’s something that’s getting closer and closer to home. I really think it’s important for us to have resources as athletes, not just to be better athletes, but to be better people.

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