Football Players, Depression and Bipolar Disorder

A few years ago I decided I wanted to talk to professional football players about bipolar disorder and depression. There is a rookie camp every year where they offer support around relationships, money, media pressure, getting along as a team, etc etc. I thought- I should go in there and tell them what it’s like to have bipolar disorder and depression and how they could see the signs in themselves and others.

Here is what I heard from people- “Julie, pro sports guys don’t want to talk about depression! They will never listen to the word bipolar! That’s for human resources!”

I heard the same thing when I went into Nike and talked about my ideas. As always, society is way behind the curve when it comes to mental [ Read More ]