Michael Strahan shares a message about mental health
hello america host Michael Strahan sent a message to fans with a “lesson” about mental health.
Strahan, 51, took to his Instagram to share a powerful clip of his friend and sports journalist, Jay Glazer, on Tuesday.
Glazer shared a moment from his Unbreakable podcast when he reached out to Strahan for help after experiencing mental health issues.
The CMG the host captioned the Instagram post: “A lesson for everyone, reach out to those around you. I will always be there for my brother @jayglazer because I know he will always be there for me. Repost from @ jayglazer Monday #MentalHealth Motivation. …Trust your teammates! Not only will it lift you, but them too! @michaelstrahan.”
In the clip, Glazer described how he had to pull out of his first dinner with Strahan in 30 years because “the beast” had passed him, referencing his mental health issues.
“My best friend for 30 years is Michael Strahan. It wasn’t until last year that I finally told him how badly I was suffering from my depression and anxiety,” Glazer began.
“We were supposed to go out to dinner on a Friday night, and man, the beast just came out of the box on me, and I woke up in a panic attack that put me in a fetal position.
“And it was one of those days where I did what I was supposed to do, I called four friends and said, ‘man, I’m fighting’, but it just got me, that kicked my ass.”
Glazer added: “So we’re supposed to go to dinner and this is the first time in 30 years I’ve said to Strah, ‘I can’t go out tonight man, the beast is out of the box. “”
“He said, ‘Jay, why didn’t you ever tell me that before?’ and I said, ‘with you I was ashamed’, and his reaction was like, ‘yes but I could have been there for you for 30 years’, think how powerful that is.
“And often, I think a lot of us are afraid that, man, if I talk about it too much, they’ll end up saying, ‘ahhhh Jay enough already, stop it!’ It didn’t happen. Trust your teammates, let’s keep walking together.”
Strahan’s post came a day after he missed Monday’s episode of CMG because of his work as an expert on FOX nfl sunday, alongside Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Curt Menefee and Jimmy Johnson.
The former footballer made the transition to television when he retired from the NFL in 2007, first starting with nfl sunday before replacing Regis Philibin on Inhabit! with Kelly and Michael in 2012 after hosting 20 episodes in 2011. This role won him two Daytime Emmy Awards and he eventually left to join the CMG team in 2016.
Strahan also hosts ABC’s current version of the Pyramid game show, but working in broadcasting wasn’t always in his long-term plan.
“When my football career ended, I had to adapt and figure out what was next. It’s important for athletes to remember that when your playing days are over, your career and your achievements are not over. “Strahan said. Newsweek in 2020.
“The transition may not have been easy, and it certainly wasn’t easy for me, but I was inspired by idols like Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan to look beyond sports. To use this what they already have and what they’ve built, as a starting point…and I encourage today’s athletes to do the same, that they need to look beyond their playing days and planning for the future to ensure their career can continue, even after they are done playing.”
But he also admitted that this TV career was so successful that some of his fans didn’t even know he was a professional athlete first.
“I would say the craziest thing for me was when people started recognizing me as someone on TV, as opposed to a football player,” he said. “I got to a point in my career where the fans didn’t even know I was playing football! It was strange at first, but it was also an accomplishment to know that I was able to build a career of my own whole thing that people recognized me for.”