Weep No More, Mets Fans: You Can Get Free Therapy

Amid a miserable season, UMA Health is offering some couch time for Flushing faithful
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 5, 2018 9:10 AM CDT
Weep No More, Mets Fans: You Can Get Free Therapy
New York Mets relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak, left, talks with catcher Devin Mesoraco during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 in New York. The Braves won 2-1.   (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

The New York Mets are having a seasons that the AP describes as "ravaged by injury and boneheaded play," and now fans struggling with their team's lousy season have somewhere to cry besides sports talk radio. An online mental health marketplace is giving free, confidential therapy sessions to Flushing faithful who fill out a form asking for their most difficult moments as fans. New York-based UMA Health made the offer this week after Tuesday's 25-4 loss to the Washington Nationals, the worst loss in Mets history. UMA says the lighthearted promotion, which gives fans access to any therapist in UMA's network under $200, is meant to bring attention to the important role of therapy, and it wants to eliminate the stigma of going to a therapist. CEO Dave Kerpen tells the New York Post that he's "a lifelong Mets fan and 1986 was my first year watching the team."

"It can be very frustrating to watch as your team goes out and makes mistake after mistake," Kerpen said. "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.'" The Mets are the fifth worst team in Major League Baseball. They're tied for last in the NL East, 16 games behind the division-leading Phillies.

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