More and more athletes are starting to open up about their depression.
Just like the rest of us, they deal with real-life problems and have to find some way to deal with them.
Also, just like the rest of us, it’s hard for them to talk about, especially the men, because of the stigma surrounding depression.
The latest athlete to talk about their depression is Titans WR AJ Brown, who posted a video on his social media accounts opening up about his depression and encouraging others to get help.
He was asked why he posted the video and said that it was a dark time in his life and encouraged others to seek help when they’re down. He also talks about how he brushed off his depression and how it got the best of him.
“I posted the video because I wanted to encourage others to seek help whenever they are down,” Brown said. “I didn’t take into consideration what depression really was. I grew [up] just brushing off my feelings, and this got the best of me. I just wanted to put out a positive message that I’m still here, I’m growing, I’m blessed and have a lot to be thankful for.”
In addition to family, Brown thanked Titans coach Mike Vrabel for having his door open to players to talk about anything.
“I appreciate A.J. [Brown]’s courage,” Vrabel said on Monday. “It is our job, it is part of our job to make sure that they can deal with the stresses of life, the stresses of professional football, the strain it sometimes puts on their family. If you are willing to ask someone how they are doing, be willing to sit there and listen to them. Don’t make it a fly-by.”
I applaud AJ for being so open because it isn’t easy letting the world know your problems and hopefully it can be an inspiration to someone who is dealing with depression.
“Us as men, our feelings aren’t too much cared about,” Brown said. “Get things off your chest. It’s OK to talk to someone. Seek help. You have to take care of your brain just like you take care of your body.”
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