In a social media post on Friday night, Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown admitted he had a bout with depression during the 2020 season, and his depression was so bad that he thought about taking his own life.
Thankfully, Brown was able to get help for his struggles and says he’s doing better now. He also encouraged anyone who is going through what he went through to get help.
AJ Brown shares a personal message on IG about dealing with depression 🙏🏻
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— Wes on Broadway (@TitansDraftTape) November 13, 2021
“I’m kind of nervous, even to be saying this, but a year ago from today, I thought about taking my own life,” Brown admitted in the video. “I had no more hope for better days and everything was just going wrong for me.” The reason I am sharing this message today to you is that I’m still here. I’m still going. I’m still smiling and I’ve got a lot of things to be grateful for. I just want to encourage everyone to protect your mental. Talk to someone. Get things off your chest. Do things that make you happy. It’s so important.
“I didn’t think depression was real until it happened to me. But now I know it’s really real.”
In the caption of his post, Brown encouraged people to “take depression seriously” and “be there for someone because someone was there for me.”
SOURCE: USA Today, Mike Moraitis