Cowboys Legend Charles Haley Mental Health Champion

Legendary Dallas Cowboys pocket master Charles Haley has found a target well beyond the fall Sundays.

The Dallas-Fort Worth CBS affiliate KTVT recently highlighted Haley’s crusade to remove the stigma associated with mental illness. The former linebacker hopes his advice will resonate after Mental Health Awareness Month, which has been held annually in May since 1949.


At the Menninger Clinic’s annual luncheon in Houston, Haley said his bipolar disorder, diagnosed after his playing career, made him think that living with mental illness was “okay.” He stayed away from friends and colleagues, leading to a sense of isolation.

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