BYU QB Tanner Mangum Opens Up About Anxiety, Depression

It is Mental Health Awareness Week at BYU and Cougars quarterback Tanner Mangum opened up with a personal story.

Taking to social media, Mangum revealed that he is battling mild depression and anxiety. Mangum’s heartfelt post provided some insight into his struggles while providing hope to others who suffer from the same mental health issues.

Mangum said he hopes to change the stigma surrounding mental health, while supporting those with similar struggles.

“This might be surprising to many, due to my normally optimistic, outgoing, and happy personality, but I hope we can understand that just because someone is beaming brightly on the outside, doesn’t mean they are free from their own personal struggles underneath the surface,” Mangum wrote on Instagram.

“We are all human, each with unique battles, and I promise that these battles are better fought together, not alone. Mental illness is one of my personal battles and I want to offer my love and support to all those who suffer in one way or another. You are not alone. There is help. Let’s focus on accepting and loving one another for who we are and celebrate our humanity. It’s a beautiful thing. Let’s erase the stigma surrounding mental health.”

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It's Mental Health Awareness Week here at BYU and I want to speak out about something that I consider very personal and real. Not many people know that I suffer from mild depression and anxiety. I take antidepressants every day to help with my condition, have visits with a counselor, and I am not ashamed; on the contrary, I am proud to embrace my own personal journey, accept and love myself — flaws and all. I am grateful to be able to raise my voice, and stand up for those who experience similar struggles. This might be surprising to many, due to my normally optimistic, outgoing, and happy personality, but I hope we can understand that just because someone is beaming brightly on the outside, doesn't mean they are free from their own personal struggles underneath the surface. We are all human, each with unique battles, and I promise that these battles are better fought together, not alone. Mental illness is one of my personal battles and I want to offer my love and support to all those who suffer in one way or another. You are not alone. There is help. Let's focus on accepting and loving one another for who we are and celebrate our humanity. It's a beautiful thing. Let's erase the stigma surrounding mental health. #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness

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Mangum has recorded 3,618 yards and 29 total touchdowns during his career with the Cougars, providing inspiration for those who are dealing with anxiety and depression as well.

It’s not easy to deal with a mental illness, but with the right support and hope we can all pull through and achieve our goals.

Kudos to Mangum for sharing his story.

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