CSPPA partners with North for mental health program

The Danish team is the first participant of a program that will be expanded to all players "in the near future".

The Counter-Strike Professional Players' Association (CSPPA) and North have entered into a partnership that will see the Danish team's members receive clinical psychological treatment and have access to an educational program on player mental health, both parties announced on Tuesday.

North's players will have 24/7 access to a dedicated clinical psychologist through an online service called We.Care, and will undergo an online training program to help them "identify the body’s stress signals as well as a possible post-treatment program," according to the CSPPA.

North's players will take part in a pilot mental health program

The partnership will run for a two-month trial period, after which the two parties will convene to assess the scope of the program. While North are the only team that will take part in the project, the CSPPA plans to extend its mental health plans to all members "in the near future".

"Over the last couple of years, players have experienced increased pressure," North captain Mathias "⁠MSL⁠" Lauridsen said in a statement. "Young and old players alike are partaking in more and more tournaments, which can be stressful at times. We have seen some of the world’s best experience this.

"Personally, I don’t want that to happen to me or any other players, so I think this project can help how we prepare and deal with everything in a professional and confidential environment."

The announcement comes just a week after the CSPPA launched a research project with Dr Phil Birch and Ben Sharpe of the University of Chichester, and with Dr Matt Smith of the University of Winchester with a view to understanding the factors influencing mental health in esports, specifically in CS:GO.

North are currently down to just four players following the departure of Markus "⁠Kjaerbye⁠" Kjærbye, who was on Tuesday unveiled as FaZe's new player. The 22-year-old spent the last two months of his tenure with the Danish team on the bench due to medical reasons after complaining of abdominal pains, breathing problems and chest cramps.

Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1661
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1423
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
#2
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Russia SW@G
Makes sense
2020-08-11 15:06
#3
niilo | 
Finland t0ki
Kk
2020-08-11 15:06
maybe don't play video games for a living then fkn losers l0l
2020-08-11 15:07
stfu nonachiever
2020-08-11 15:09
everything checks out biggest losers on the planet that encourage and promote video gaming as a career, get a job!
2020-08-11 15:12
you sit on a site that promote one of those videogames, and critisize it + those being here.. wtf are YOU doing here?
2020-08-11 15:35
not criticizing the game retard im criticizing losers like north players who think they need mental help for playing video games
2020-08-11 15:43
#41
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United Kingdom SniffSniff
north players earn like 200-250K a year lmao I doubt they are depressed
2020-08-11 15:53
#45
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Denmark Jeffersond
Low iq spotted
2020-08-11 16:12
#51
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Poland n1ello
+1
2020-08-11 16:43
#51
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Poland n1ello
+1
2020-08-11 16:43
#54
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Brazil Nyxoos
+1
2020-08-11 16:48
+1
2020-08-11 19:03
+1 ur pretty dumb
2020-08-12 04:59
-1
2020-08-12 12:44
imagine some aussie kid trying to be tough on fucking HLTV forums hating on cs:go pros hahaha stick to ur inbred island loser
2020-08-11 16:45
Last part was not ok man dont symbolize a country cause the faults of 1 person
2020-08-11 17:23
I agree he Def a moron
2020-08-11 17:23
don't you think that this guy can also be a fakeflagger?
2020-08-12 03:59
who are you loser come Livingston shopping center canning vale perth
2020-08-12 04:58
classic aussie brain
2020-08-11 15:46
classic european lowlife who thinks playing video games is a job where you need mental support lmao grow up losers
2020-08-11 15:47
yep keep calling others losers then, wanna do a poll about how the world looks at aus losers lmao ?
2020-08-11 15:50
Aye now, we’re not all arseholes.
2020-08-11 16:41
Who are you loser come canning vale perth
2020-08-12 03:30
HAHAHA +1
2020-08-12 09:56
From the inner-west brother, 21 represent. You're probably from Melbourne, stuck in your stage 4 lockdown ya sad fuck.
2020-08-12 11:34
#5
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United Kingdom ulan
i would need mental help if i played for north
2020-08-11 15:06
+1 lol
2020-08-11 15:08
+1 lmao
2020-08-11 15:36
+1
2020-08-11 15:42
Makes sense, idk
2020-08-11 15:07
they need to recover after kjearbye left them
2020-08-11 15:07
nice to see that happen
2020-08-11 15:07
how are this guy having mental problems lmaoooo? the most overpaid tier3 team in this game
2020-08-11 15:07
#56
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Portugal dracø
+1 lol, biggest paycheck stealers in the scene
2020-08-11 17:18
they need it after losing so many games KKKKK (feelsbadman as a north fan(((((((((( )
2020-08-11 15:07
North players need to see a different kind of doctor. I don't think a psychiatrist will help a this point
2020-08-11 15:07
dafuq all these dudes do is play cs and get money for that, why need this?
2020-08-11 15:08
#43
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Serbia livefour
because they little whiny bitches
2020-08-11 16:09
It's a start, but the problem is not the players - it's the workload (and pressure) - the orgs and to's has to make the scene less stressful for the players
2020-08-11 15:16
north management should be checked for mental health first
2020-08-11 15:16
+1 lul
2020-08-11 15:36
+1 axaxax
2020-08-11 15:37
Kkkkkkkk
2020-08-12 01:54
flair checks out
2020-08-11 15:21
name checks out
2020-08-11 15:36
#24
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United Kingdom JackINF_
Bit late now that Kjaerbye is gone
2020-08-11 15:22
#25
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Bulgaria mythr0x
nice
2020-08-11 15:26
Sounds good, say whatever you want about the team, but the org actually caring for their players physical health and mental health
2020-08-11 15:30
N ♿ R P H
2020-08-11 15:36
The Organization needs mental help more than the players.
2020-08-11 15:37
Expected from N♿rth.
2020-08-11 15:46
#47
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Denmark Vqwerty03
Nice
2020-08-11 16:23
am i ever going to read a useful idea from csppa?
2020-08-11 16:23
Jesus didn't know that north has a mental health problem
2020-08-11 16:42
They dont need to have mental health problems to take part in this. All professionall football teams from Barcelona to a tier 3 team in Germany have a psychologist, its a good thing since players can overcome mental blocks and reach their true potential
2020-08-11 16:53
#59
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Brazil KingDavi
N♿rth
2020-08-11 17:34
#60
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Poland SebL
Great, I love the fact that big companies are finally interested in players health. GJ.
2020-08-11 17:45
#61
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Romania SkipLD
They need help to cope with the unbelievable success New logo makes more sense now
2020-08-11 18:23
literally every faceit player need to fix their mental health, not pro players
2020-08-11 20:40
I think it's not about platform or players, it's more complicated thing. Toxic players are usually experienced some problems in their life, usually they are living in poor countries without any life support that's why they pull out their negative energy in game
2020-08-12 04:03
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