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Bears Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall Draws National Attention to Mental Health

Today is World Mental Health Day, in the midst of Mental Illness Awareness Week. To mark the occasion, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall has decided to utilize the spotlight of a nationally televised game to draw attention to the cause of mental health.

Brandon Marshall shared a photo of his lime-green cleats for this evening's game against the NY Giants.

Brandon Marshall (@btm15) shared a photo of his lime-green cleats for this evening’s game against the NY Giants on Instagram.

In tonight’s game, Marshall will wear lime-green shoes to mark Mental Illness Awareness Week. He will match the up-to-$10,000 NFL uniform violation fine that he is subject to with a donation to his foundation, which is devoted to making a difference in the lives of those who are living with mental illnesses.

Brandon Marshall has been open about his own journey to come to terms with his diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. Persons with mental illnesses often stay silent about their diagnosis due to the prevalence of stigma and misinformation, and struggle to get access to the services they need.

At Thresholds, we work with people every day who live with mental illnesses, but more importantly, we work with people every day who recover from mental illnesses. We salute Brandon Marshall for his bravery, and we salute all of the advocates and voices that are speaking up to change minds and change lives. While the media continues to perpetuate inaccurate stereotypes of mental illness, it’s critical that we put forth a different idea of who persons with mental illness are.

During this week devoted to spreading awareness about mental health, we want to thank all of you who, like Brandon Marshall, are fighting to bring the resources and understanding that we need to our communities. We need each and every one of you to make sure everyone gets the treatment they need.

If you would like to support care and services for persons with mental illnesses to mark this important week, please consider making a gift to Thresholds.