Brandon Marshall is a well-known name in the NFL. In 2011 though, Marshall also became known as one of the many faces of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).
Regarding his diagnosis he said “…. if someone had said mental health to me, the first thing that came to mind was mental toughness, masking pain, hiding, keeping it in … that’s what was embedded in me since I was a kid. You know, never show a sign of weakness. And it’s funny, because now I know it’s the total opposite. It’s being able to have the strength to pick up the phone and ask someone for help.”
Not one to take challenges sitting down, Marshall now passionately advocates mental health awareness and the significance of breaking the mental health stigma. Efforts such as Project Borderline and Project 375 emphasize the value of improving the care of those living with mental illness.
In a blog for Huffington Post he wrote, “We need to accept that mental illness is a disease — and like any other disease, it needs stronger research, early screening and treatment, especially for young people. We need more robust education in schools, the enlightened support of news and entertainment media, and the advocacy of high-profile figures, like myself, willing to step forward.”
Visit www.borderlinepersonalitydisorder.com to see a video of Brandon Marshall’s key note speech at the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD) conference. You can also visit www.projectborderline.com or https://project375.org/ for more information.