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Travis Kelce: Mental Health MVP

Travis Kelce is the talk of the town, but he’s talking about mental health…

Travis Kelce needs no introduction. He’s a hometown hero. He’s taking the Chiefs to the Super Bowl. He’s hosted Saturday Night Live… And did we mention he’s dating Taylor Swift?

Travis Kelce is probably the most talked about man in sports right now and for good reason. He’s one of the greatest tight ends in the history of the game, his best friend is Patrick Mahomes (maybe you’ve heard of him?), and on top of that he’s dating the biggest popstar in the world. But for all that we talk about Travis, we usually overlook what a strong advocate he is for mental health.

“It’s a big thing for men to be able to talk and speak their feelings,” Kelce said. “Especially to the one’s next to them and be vulnerable in those moments.

Mike Danna, defensive end for the Chiefs, agrees.

“Mental health is serious,” Danna said. “A lot of guys try to just leave it on the table and act like we’re men, we can just deal with it.”

But mental health affects us all – men and women alike. But unlike women, men are less likely to receive mental health treatment. The reasons for this are complex, but the stigma around men’s mental health is a large barrier that prevents men from talking about their mental health struggles, no matter how big or how small.

So, why is stigma such a big deal? Think about it this way: if someone breaks a bone, do we expect them to just “try harder” or “snap out of it” and hope that the broken bone heals on its own? No way! It can help to think about mental health conditions in the same way – most people won’t be able to overcome their mental health challenges by just trying harder and they shouldn’t have to. Stigma can prevent people from reaching out for help at all and can even worsen their mental and emotional well-being.

“It’s a big thing for men to be able to talk and speak their feelings, especially to the one’s next to them and be vulnerable in those moments.”

So how can we each help fight this stigma? Here’s a few tips:

  • Remember that many people experience mental health challenges. You’re not alone.
  • Stay connected with others and get support.
  • Speak out against stigma. Educate others and debunk myths.

 

But don’t just take our word for it.

“That’s what being a brother is. That’s what mentorship is. That’s what being a good teammate is in my book,” says Kelce. “I try and have it ooze out of people. Be that friendly force and hopefully everybody else picks up on it. I think it’s more a discussion now than it has been.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Travis. Let’s go Chiefs!

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