We applaud the great work of the New York Giant’s Brandon Marshall and his
wife Michi, co-founders of Project 375, an organization dedicated to
eradicating the stigma of mental illness. We are very excited that Michi
Marshall is speaking at the MHANYS Conference this year on our panel on
Strategies for Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness in Your Community. She
is one of the several experts we have featured throughout the day on
subjects ranging from the impact of federal health care reform to mental
health education in schools.
To register for the conference on October 19th, go to www.mhanys.org
Please note that is conference cost is a concern, we do offer
scholarships. We want as many people as possible to take advantage of our
conference and awards dinner. Thank you.
Giants’ Brandon Marshall on mental health awareness: ‘That’s what I want my legacy to be’
By James Kratch
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
NEW YORK — Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall believes
there are many NFL players in “dire need” of mental health assistance. The
times he can offer help are “probably some of my proudest moments in the
“You can throw out the 21 catches (in a game), the Pro Bowls, the
contracts. In those moments, when faced with adversity and guys look at
you, you can’t ask for anything better,” Marshall said Friday night prior
to hosting the Project 375 Foundation’s Paddle Battle
ping-pong tournament with his wife, Michi Marshall.
“That’s what I want my legacy to be. I would love to win a Super Bowl. I
would love to continue to have monster years. But when I walk away from the
NFL, I want my legacy to be that I changed the way we approached mental
Friday’s event was the third ‘Paddle Battle’ for Project 375, which works
to raise awareness and improve care for those impacted with mental health
issues. The event was specifically raising funds for the Project Prevention
initiative, which “is designed to provide community resources to those in
need as well as evoke productive conversations about mental fitness in an
effort to stimulate early intervention and prevention,” according to a
Marshall was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2010 after a
three-month treatment process at McLean Hospital in Belmont,
Massachusetts. Marshall has been a vocal advocate for mental health issues
since his diagnosis, and the Marshalls have been outspoken about their
struggles together earlier in their marriage.
The Marshalls have been involved in the mental health community for six
When they started, he said “it was a totally different environment, totally
“It’s almost an everyday topic now,” Brandon Marshall said. “But now we
have to continue to fight, to make sure that we’re talking about it the
right way. That we’re not playing into the stigma. We need to make sure
that we have the resources necessary in our schools so we can intervene and
prevent. It’s come a long way. We’re here. We’re in the middle of it.”
Marshall said he’s seen the change both in society, as well as the NFL.
“Back in the day, I had a few teammates come to me,” he said. “Every single
year, it seems like we’ve had more, whether it’s owners, NFL execs, players
reaching out asking for help, whether it’s for themselves or a loved on. We
spoke at the NFL owners meeting, that was powerful to send that message.
“Right now, we’re 0-4, and I have teammates walking up to me in the locker
room asking, ‘How do you deal with adversity? How are you coming out on the
other side?’ I think that’s a testament to our story, and our fight. Us
being vulnerable with our story and our struggles. … I’m excited to have
the opportunity and the platform to speak into those guys’ lives, whether
good or bad.”
The event brought out a star-studded guest list. Giants defensive tackle
Damon Harrison and offensive lineman Bobby Hart were in attendance, as was
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, former Eagles linebacker Takeo Spikes and
comedians Michael Rapoport and Keegan-Michael Key.
“It’s everything. This is a starting point, this is how you change and
break stigma,” Michi Marshall said. “It’s getting the word out there, it’s
getting people involved, sharing with communities. The outpouring of support we have is phenomenal.”
Brandon Marshall said he had two goals with the event.
“We want to be able to raise money. That allows us to do the things that we
do in the community – teach youth mental health first aid, with first
responders in our school that make sure we prevent and intervene early,” he
“What if we were able to do that in my life? How better of a star would I
have had? There are so many others that have the same story. My story isn’t
unique. I wish we had youth mental health first aid in my school, I wish we
had folks standing up on the table, raising awareness for what we like to
think is a civil rights issue. It’s the biggest civil rights issue that we
have in our country outside of the civil rights issues we’re in right now.
“The second thing is awareness. … We always say a great example of where
we’re at in our community is where the cancer and HIV community was 20
years ago. I think I say that in every one of our speeches talking about
mental health, and it’s so true. We have to make this an everyday topic.
It’s a taboo topic. A lot of us don’t understand it, and that’s OK. But we
have to be curious and vulnerable enough to have it and make changes.”
Brandon Marshall wins with his passion for mental health causes
By Fran Kilinski
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 5:22 PM
Amid a frustrating season, Brandon Marshall is still finding a way to make
an impact off the gridiron.
Marshall hosted his Third Annual Celebrity Ping-Pong Challenge at SPiN New
York on East 23rd street Friday night as part of his “Project 375,”
inviting fans and fellow teammates to face off in ping-pong matches and
donating the proceeds from the event to children struggling with mental
This is the second year Marshall has held the event in New York since
MetLife became his home field in 2015 – first with the Jets. He’s made a
name for himself outside of football while in New York with both the
ping-pong events and his appearances on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” as a TV
panelist, which he stepped away from temporarily after joining the Giants
“I’d love to win a Super Bowl. I’d love to continue to have monster years,”
Marshall said, “but when I walk away from the NFL I want my legacy to be
that I changed the way we approach mental health.”
In 2011, Marshall’s admitting to Borderline Personality Disorder which
later sparked his Project 375 initiative. His organization aims to raise
awareness about the need for mental health care for children.
Marshall has been inconsistent on the field since then, but has made big
strides in mental health treatment.
He said he’s seen his goal for his legacy come to life in recent years with
fellow players reaching out to him and opening up about problems.
“It’s come a long way,” Marshall said of NFL players dealing with mental
health. “We’re 0-4 right now, and I have guys coming up to me in the locker
room asking me how to handle adversity. I think that’s a testament to
(Project 375’s) journey, and in those moments, to have guys looking at you,
you can’t ask for anything better.”
Although expectations were high for the now-winless Giants when Marshall
teamed up with Odell Beckham this year, Marshall’s staying in New York
could prove helpful to him for future charity events and a potential
broadcast career in the future.
“Right now, our platform is here in New York,” said Marshall’s wife Michi
said of the charity efforts. “Hopefully one day we’ll be in every city.”