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Tackling the stigma: Football player Keith O’Neil speaks on bipolar disorder

Keith O’Neil will come to UNCG to share his personal journey of his struggle and triumph in living with bipolar disorder. O’Neil is a former NFL player who played for the Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts and the New York Giants.

UNCG’s Department of Social Work along with the Mental Health Association in Greensboro, NAMI Guilford, and Sanctuary House will sponsor the talk by O’Neil on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 at Aycock Auditorium at 7 p.m.  This free event is open to the community.

The organizers invite students, mental health professionals, educators, first responders, community advocates, civic and faith leaders, and anyone who wants to learn more about mental health and wellness. His trip to the Triad is not about his Super Bowl XLI ring or his football legacy but rather to share his personal story of playing in the NFL with an undiagnosed mental illness. He is currently writing a book and speaking to helping others who suffer with mental health issues. He is president and founder of the 4th and Forever Foundation, which brings awareness to mental health and funds research for mental illness.

The host organizations have a common goal of educating the community on the importance of good mental health, connecting people to the mental health support they need, and eradicating prejudice against people with mental illness.