Professional Athletes

Gerald McRath

Former NFL Player

“Don’t wait for a wake-up call. Talk to somebody. It’s not as scary as you think.”

I learned that I wasn’t just drinking to fall asleep, I was self-medicating. Putting a band-aid on the bigger issues I was facing.

“I spent three years doing that — digging myself deeper into my depression. I was asleep at the wheel, and it took getting arrested for me to wake up. I could have killed myself that night, drinking and driving. Or worse, I could have killed somebody else.”

“But I think the biggest difference now is that I’m aware. If I’m having a bad day or I’m feeling down, I don’t have to hide it. I can tell Genee, “Hey, I’m not feeling too good today.” I can say that, and it’s O.K. We have the knowledge now to identify how I’m feeling and deal with it the right way. I can talk to my friends about what I’m going through, and they’ve all been so understanding and so supportive.”

“That’s what I’ve learned: You have to have support. Mental illness isn’t something you can overcome by yourself. And if you try to, you’ll just dig yourself into a deeper hole.”

“If you’re struggling, don’t wait for something bad to happen. Don’t wait for a wake-up call. Talk to somebody. It’s not as scary as you think. There is hope. There is light. Just talk to somebody. Because fighting alone is the worst way to fight.”


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Liz Cambage

WNBA- Las Vegas Aces

“I’m still here, and still fighting this battle on a daily basis. And with the help of my family, and friends, and doctors, and amazing teammates and coaches and support system on the Aces, I’m going to keep fighting it.”

“And I’m going to keep talking about it — in as real a way as I know how.”


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Jalen Moore

Former NBA Player and Utah State alum

“I’m not sure I have any easy trick for you if you’re reading this and you’re also struggling. But if I do have one piece of advice, it’s to find someone you know who cares about you and tell them if you’re having a hard time. I noticed that talking about things can always help, and don’t be afraid to get help. Mental health is real, and can be helped, I don’t think our country talks about it enough. If you have mental health issues, you are not crazy, you are one of many, and every battle can be won! After going through this, I believe that setbacks and uncomfortable experiences can make us better. It just won’t happen all on its own. We’ve just got to talk about them. They’re not something to hide.”


Kevin Love

NBA Player

“Everyone is going through something that we can’t see.”

“No matter what our circumstances, we’re all carrying around things that hurt — and they can hurt us if we keep them buried inside. Not talking about our inner lives robs us of really getting to know ourselves and robs us of the chance to reach out to others in need. So if you’re reading this and you’re having a hard time, no matter how big or small it seems to you, I want to remind you that you’re not weird or different for sharing what you’re going through.”


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