EAGAN, Minn. – Let's normalize the conversation.
Over the next several weeks, the Vikings will be getting real about mental health and the stigma surrounding invisible disabilities.
The "Getting Open" series will kick off Tuesday, introducing the first of multiple features. From players sharing personal experiences, to professional insight, organizational initiatives and foundation work, these stories – along with full-length audio interviews – will provide an intimate perspective on this tremendously important, yet often overlooked, topic.
"You never know when you're going to have a time where you're at your low, and it's going to happen to everybody. But just having the people that you can connect to when times are bad, and you know you can talk through things and kind of devise a plan with somebody, I think it's important," Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks said. "We don't have the answers to all the questions. We don't have the answers to all the problems. But we can learn, and we can discuss them, to have a better understanding."
Added Vikings team clinician Brownell Mack, PsyD, LP:
"The things that we don't want to talk about are often the very things that we should be talking about."
Keep an eye on Vikings.com, the Vikings app and the team's social channels for updates on this series and new features as they roll out.