NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans wide receiver AJ Brown shared a powerful message about depression and suicide on Friday on social media.
Brown said in the message that he thought of taking his life last year. He felt he had no hope for better days and believed that everything was going wrong for him.
The 24-year-old receiver spoke to the media on Thursday to follow up on his message.
“I posted the video because I wanted to encourage others to seek help whenever they fail,” Brown said. “I didn’t consider what depression really is. I grew up [up] just taking away my feelings, and this got the best of me. I just wanted to send a positive message that I’m still here, I’m growing, I’m blessed and have a lot to be thankful for. “
Brown showed New York Jets receiver Elijah Moore as a key person who was there for him during dark times. The two were teammates at the University of Mississippi.
In addition to family, Brown thanked Titans coach Mike Vrabel for having his door open to players to talk about anything.
“I appreciate AJ [Brown]the courage, “Vrabel said Monday.” It’s our job, it’s part of our job to make sure they can deal with the stresses of life, the stresses of professional football, the stress it sometimes puts on their family. If you’re willing to ask someone how he’s doing, be prepared to sit there and listen to them. Don’t make it fly by. “
Brown would not go into details about what made him be in a dark place. But the presence of his daughter – who was born on April 28, 2020 – helped him every day.
Although Brown said he is now in a much better place, he is still talking to a therapist to maintain his mental health.
“We as men, our feelings are not overly concerned,” Brown said. “Take things off your chest. It’s good to talk to someone. Seek help. You have to take care of your brain just like you take care of your body.”