Brandon Marshall Reaches Out to Depression Sufferer

Cross-posted from my Sports Blog.

I was looking at some of my online news sources for thing to share on my various sites when I came across an article written by a student interning as a sportswriter, Megan Armstrong, taking her battle with depression public.

The part of the article that got my attention as a sports fan?

On May 23, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall called me.

We shared our journeys with mental illness.

“If we want change, people have to be bold and tell their story because it affects all of us,” he told me.

Marshall has been in the news before, talking about his own struggle and attempting to raise awareness. Seeing that he is also willing to reach out to other individuals, behind the scenes and encourage them, is even more impressive.

Bravo Brandon Marshall!

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Words on Suicide From a Former Patrolman on the Golden Gate Bridge

If you saw someone on the verge of suicide, would you know what to say? As a patrolman on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Kevin Briggs helped bring many people back from the brink. In this moving talk, he gives a powerful piece of advice to those with loved ones who might be thinking of taking their own lives.

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Head of USA Swimming has Hall of Fame Invite Rescinded

Chuck Wielgus, the executive director of USA Swimming, was due to be inducted into the USA Swimming Hall of Fame, however, with the recent revelations about widespread sexual abuse of minors by swimming coaches, there was an outcry against his induction.

According to the Women’s Sports Foundation’s letter to the HOF committee:

“more than 100 USA Swimming coaches have been banned for life, making this one of the worst sexual abuse scandals in the US Olympics sports world. Many of these coaches had well-known, long histories of sexual abuse, yet Wielgus enabled these men to continue to coach for years.”

After this sort of public outcry, and accusations that he did not do nearly enough to properly lead the organization out of that dark history, it’s clear that putting him in the sport’s Hall of Fame was not the message USA Swimming wanted to send to it past, current, and future athletes. Good for them.

You can read more details at USA Today

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