I did everything right and followed all the rules. I’ve always been a goody-two-shoe and committed myself to excel in school. I’ve always been mature and independent, I knew from a very young age that I was in control of my future.
I struggle with depression. Whether I'm on top of the world or can't get myself out of bed, it'll always be a part of my life. Depression can come in waves; sometimes, it's a tsunami that overtakes my entire life, sometimes it's a little wave that sneaks its way into my thoughts.
Join the conversation with Hailey Nicole, a mental health advocate blogger. The current college athlete is joined by fellow athletes to share their mental health journies. Listen to hear the story of each featured current/former college athlete from all divisions and sports, and find empowerment to rethink suffering in silence.
My anxiety causes me to wrestle between having a terrible time at a party and staying in and feeling terrible about myself.
I swore to myself that I’d never let myself get as low as I once went, and I wasn’t allowing myself brake that promise.
While it seems delayed, I am finally ready to have this conversation full-heartedly. I can so easily tell you that it’s going to be hard. Still, it’ll be worth it, and ultimately that is what I’m going to say to you. Again, I believe that so many people who try to give advice brush over how much college turns your entire life upside down.
Don’t tear your athletes down and say it’s to make them mentally tough. The world is going to do enough tearing them down, be the one who can pick them and teach them to fight back. Choose to build your athlete up, don’t abuse your privilege to make a difference in a kid’s life.