I turn on the NFL Network this morning and the first thing I see is Kurt Warner and Michael Irvin of NFL GameDay passionately discussing the NFL treating mental health issues with the same care as physical injuries.
The fact that this is being discussed pre-game on a Sunday morning platform this huge is so amazing to see.
In addition, Nate Burleson, a man of so many talents, had this to say when asked about the NFL and the topic of mental health.
“We are fragile. We deal with things, and oftentimes we have to ignore them because there’s a job to do.” – @nateburleson speaks on athletes taking their mental health seriously.
I spoke about perception in our latest Wellness Wednesday. We see athletes, as these indestructible force. When we are young are heroes are these bigger than life people who we watch on television. We are in awe of every swing of the bat, every touchdown catch, or every basket. But behind it all, we are all just people dealing with our own lives. And sometimes those lives are struggling through anxiety/depression on our own because of some stigma, some false perception of what toughness is…
It’s easier said than done, and I know from first hand experience. Have I been more transparent about my mental health to my family and loved ones? Of course, but I never let on for years how I was feeling. That’s why these athletes, organizations and personalities showing their vulnerability for the entire world to see is so important.
It’s OK to ask for help, it’s not shameful. It’s the most important thing you can do.