Former Badger All-American talks mental health

Borland says it is normal for people to have strong and even overwhelming emotions during these times

MADISON, Wis (WKBT) – As schools begin to reopen across the state, health officials are working to help families manage mental health concerns.

Former NFL player and Wisconsin star Chris Borland has been a strong advocate for mental health since leaving the NFL.

Some families will decide to send their kids back to school others will continue learning virtually.

Whatever the choice, Borland says it is normal for people to have strong and even overwhelming emotions during these times.

He also says it’s important to realize that many people are going through the same struggles.

“I think mental health in general, there’s still some stigma. I think we’ve made some strides in being open about our mental health within athletics. But it’s so important to realize that whether it be transitioning back to school, for young people, or transitioning out of the game for former NFL players, that you’re not doing it alone, and all the feelings that are accompanying that dis-equilibrium, adjusting to that new normal, are common,” Borland said.

Borland, the former Wisconsin Badger, left the NFL due to concerns of CTE.