A.J. Brown opens up about previous mental health struggles
The topic of mental health and mental health awareness has come to light a lot recently in the NFL especially with the news of Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley taking time off from the team to take care of his health issues.
Well, another NFL wide receiver and former SEC player has to decided to open up about his issues and that’s the Tennessee Titans wideout AJ Brown.
The former Ole Miss receiver opened up about his battle with depression and thoughts of suicide.
A.J. Brown opened up about his message that he posted on social media about depression and how he contemplated suicide last year. #Titans pic.twitter.com/h3JXiPRSE5
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) November 18, 2021
“I posted the video because I wanted to encourage others to seek help whenever they are down,” he 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.”
ESPN’s Turron Davenport further detailed that Brown thanked his coaches, family, and former Rebels teammate Elijah Moore for helping him through those rough times.
He also encouraged other men to not be ashamed to talk about their issues.
“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.”