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'I'm still here. I'm still going': Titans WR A.J. Brown reveals battle with depression and suicidal thoughts

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In an Instagram video post Friday, Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown opened up about his struggles with depression in recent years.

Brown revealed he considered taking his life a year ago Friday but said talking to another person helped him. "God told him all the right things to say to me that night," Brown said in the caption of his post.

"I'm kind of nervous, even to be saying this, but a year ago from today, I thought about taking my own life. I had no more hope for better days and everything was just going wrong for me," Brown said in his video. "The reason why I'm sharing this message today to you is that I'm still here. I'm still going. I'm still smiling and I've got a lot of things to be grateful for. I just want to encourage everyone to protect your mental. Talk to someone. Get things off your chest. Do things that make you happy. It's so important.

"I didn't think depression was real until it happened to me," Brown continued in his video. "But now I know it's really real."

Approximately 9.5% of American adults will suffer from a depressive illness each year, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. This includes people from all walks of life.

Brown, 24, is in his third season with the Titans after being selected in the second round of the 2019 NFL draft out of Ole Miss. He has been one of the top receivers in the game since entering the NFL, with more than 1,000 yards in each of his two full seasons.

"Guys, just talk to someone," Brown continued, "get things off your chest and take depression seriously."

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown during an Oct. 31 game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown during an Oct. 31 game against the Indianapolis Colts.

If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time day or night, or chat online.

Crisis Text Line also provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they dial 741741.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has resources to help if you need to find support for yourself or a loved one.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Tennessee Titans WR AJ Brown opens up about battle with depression