Local sports stars bring mental health issues to the forefront of conversations

Detroit — Talking about mental health can be difficult.

Former local sports stars Calvin Johnson, Darren McCarty, Braylon Edwards and Andre Rison — among a slew of Detroit athletes at The Eastern in Detroit on Thursday night — don’t want it to be.

Dozens of local athletes and health experts gathered for the inaugural “Walk & Talk of Detroit,” a charitable event hosted by Hall of Fame Health, Fund Recovery and Caring Ways to promote mental health and addiction, as well as behavioral health treatment.

Hall of Fame Health, an affiliate of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, aims to provide behavioral health to former soccer players. Johnson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2021 after a career spanning nine seasons with the Lions (2007-2015) and has spoken frequently about mental and behavioral health.

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