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Raiders’ Solomon Thomas participates in NFL’s Mental Health Awareness month initiative

The defensive tackle shares his personal struggles after a family tragedy

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New Las Vegas Raiders defensive tackle Solomon Thomas is part of a group of NFL players who are sharing their personal stories and struggles to help others.

The NFL has a wonderful video series planned this May to spotlight some key players and stress the importance of prioritizing mental and wellness during Mental Health Awareness Month.

In addition to Thomas, among the players who share their own struggles with mental health are Los Angeles Chargers’ star pass rusher Joey Bosa, Atlanta Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst, Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chalk, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offensive line Ali Marpet. Former Seattle Seahawks standout fullback Michael Robinson leads the initiative.

“I learned various coping mechanisms to to work on my mental health,” Thomas says in this video, as he shares how he dealt with depression and anxiety after his older sister, Ella Thomas, committed suicide in January 2018 shortly after his rookie season with the San Francisco 49ers.

Kudos to Thomas, who signed with the Raiders in March, and all of these brave NFL players to showing the courage to help others who may be quietly struggling.

More than 50 million people in the United States are struggling with depression or anxiety.

More information or to get help you can call the National Suicide Prevention lifeline at 800-273-talk and learn more about Mental Health America at mhanational.org.