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Bell: Brandon Marshall has mission in mental health outreach


May. 22, 2014 USA Today

I’ll bet that Marshall, who turned his life around when he sought treatment for borderline personality disorder in 2011, has put it like that hundreds of times.

And I’ll also bet that he is speaking from the heart. I doubt that you can take up a cause like this – Marshall, through his foundation, envisions raising $200 million in 10 to 15 years to fund mental health initiatives – and be a phony.

Not given his journey, which included months of treatment for BPD, which experts contend is more common than schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder, and is characterized by emotional outbursts and mood swings.

“Like so many other football players, I thought football made me,” Marshall said. “It wasn’t until I had this struggle, this fight, with borderline personality disorder, that I realized I’m more than a football player. I’m here for a bigger reason. That’s why I started dreaming again.”

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