Local sports stars are putting mental health issues at the fore in the conversation

Detroit Talking about mental health can be difficult.

Former local sports stars Calvin Johnson, Darren McCarty, Brylon Edwards and Andre Rison — among a whole host of Detroit athletes at The Eastern in Detroit Thursday night — don’t want that to be the case.

Dozens of local athletes and health experts gathered at the opening of “Walk & Talk of Detroit,” a charitable event set up by the Hall of Fame Health and Fund Recovery and Caring Ways to benefit mental health and addiction, as well as behavioral health therapy.

Hall of Fame Health, an affiliate of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, aims to provide behavioral health resources to former football players. Johnson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2021 after a nine season run with The Lions (2007-2015) and has spoken a lot about mental health and behaviour.