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Mental Health Company Offers Free Therapy Sessions for Beaten Down MLB Fan Base

Back on April 13, the New York Mets beat Milwaukee 6-5 to make it 11 wins in 12 games to start the season. New manager Mickey Callaway looked like a genius, and stars such as Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard were healthy.

Mets fans were happy. One might even say they were delirious with joy.

Well, the Metropolitans have played 96 games since then, and they’ve lost 62 of them. Callaway seems overwhelmed, and nearly every significant player has been injured, traded or both.

It’s easy to understand how the team’s fans feel like the light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train. But good news: Help is on the way, and it won’t cost a penny!

After the Mets bottomed out last week against Washington, 25-4, UMA Health decided that enough was enough. Something had to be done.

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So UMA is offering fans a free therapy session. It’s really almost too good to be true.

All fans have to do is fill out an online form describing their worst Mets memory.

And that’s it — the fan will be signed up for a free therapy session, valued at less than $200.

The company’s CEO, Dave Kerpen — a diehard Mets fan in his own right — says it’s understandable to be down in the dumps when your team plays like this.

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“It can be very frustrating to watch as your team goes out and makes mistake after mistake,”Kerpen told the New York Post. “We often talk about our teams like we can control them. So I thought to myself, ‘I can’t make the Mets any better, but maybe I can make Mets fans’ lives a little better by offering free therapy.’”

Kerpen told the Post that he became a fan in 1986, when New York won the World Series.

“It’s been downhill ever since.”

The CEO figures this is a chance to expose more fans to the benefits of therapy, but he’s warning his doctors when a Mets fan is coming in.

“If this becomes an excuse for someone to seek out help for their marriage or career, that would be great,” he said. “If they want to talk about the Mets, they can do that too.

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“My long-term vision is to make therapy less stigmatized. In this society, we idolize physical fitness. If you say you’re going to the gym, you get a high five. If you say you’re going to therapy, you get asked, ‘What’s wrong?'”

It doesn’t take a medical degree to see the real therapy is still 54 games away — when the Mets wrap up their nightmare season.

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Mike is an 11-time Michigan Emmy Award winner who has spent nearly 30 years working in sports media.
Mike has spent nearly 30 years in all aspects of sports media, including on-air, 10 at ESPN and another 10 at Fox Sports Detroit. He now works as a TV agent, and lives with his family in West Bloomfield, MI.
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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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11-time Michigan Emmy winner
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Emerson College
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The Longest Year: One Family's Journey Of Life, Death, And Love/If These Walls Could Talk: Detroit Tigers/If These Walls Could Talk: Detroit Lions
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