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Student-Athlete Offers Hope For Others Struggling With SAD And Depression

Guest contribution by Brody Stevens

Hi everyone, I’m Brody Stevens, senior forward for the Michigan State University hockey team. My whole life has been hockey, I started skating at three and the rest is history. 

For anyone that knows hockey you know that the sport has a tough reputation, and that was something that I was always able to offer to a team, toughness. Throughout my hockey career I had struggled with depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) syndrome, but I always thought I needed to be tough and just push those feelings away and move on. During my earlier years in college I had a pretty tough time balancing everything that being a college athlete has to offer and handling my mental health. 

This video gives you insight on what I now define as being tough. Toughness is not being able to hide your problems and emotions; toughness is being able to recognize your own issues and address them. Accepting that I am normal and working on myself is a constant task that I should be able to find joy in doing has been the hardest yet most rewarding thing I have done. I wanted to share my story and make this video because I know how long I struggled in silence, and I just hope that this video can help show someone struggling that it is ok to not be ok, it is ok to struggle, and it is ok to reach out for help.

The more conversations that are held about depression helps people that are struggling with it; it makes them feel more normal and not alone.

If you or a friend want confidential advice, there is a hotline available to you 24/7. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or 1-800-662-HELP (4357).