My whole life, I've looked up to athletes. They always seemed so indestructible to me. They can do things physically no one else can do, they always look like they're having the best time and, of course, they make A LOT of money while doing it. How in the world could these people ever be sad or ever remotely fall victim to suicide? That was how I thought. That was how naive I was. I never considered that no matter how "great" your life could seem to someone on the outside looking in, things like depression can affect you just the same.

Junior Seau's story was the one that made me realize that I needed to rethink the entire topic. Here was a guy that was respected, loved and ever feared in the NFL and he died by suicide at 43 years old. He was just one year older than I am now. It probably sounds silly to some of you that I would equate physical strength and popularity with being mentally healthy, but I did.

Let me put it in plain language: I don't want people to make the same mistakes I did when it comes to understanding mental health and suicide. So to help raise awareness about suicide and how we can all help prevent it,  I've joined this year's Walk for RITA to help raise awareness and funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

If you're as convinced as I am that this is an important topic, click here and sign up for my team, and walk with us in Saratoga this September. Here is the key info:

Walk Date: September 22, 2019
Walk Location: Saratoga Spa State Park Orenda Pavillion - Saratoga Springs, NY
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:30 am
Walk Ends: 1:00 pm

Every single person we get out there with us helps make a difference.