The Menninger Clinic presents 12th Annual Signature Luncheon
Former professional football player and five-time pro-bowler Charles Haley is known for his winning roles on the field; however, it’s what he’s been doing off the field that is putting him back in the spotlight. Upon retiring from the National Football League in 1999, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder – a mental illness he didn’t know he had. Haley shares all this in his 2016 memoir, Fear No Evil: Tackling Quarterbacks and Demons on My Way to the Hall of Fame.
Since being diagnosed, Haley has become an advocate for mental health, encouraging professional athletes to speak openly about their mental health struggles because, in his words, “silence is a killer.” At the Menninger Luncheon, Haley will share his journey from not understanding his mental illness to how he is now tackling it head on.
Menninger Clinic Foundation Director Kathy Flanagan, MD, and Menninger Clinic Director Susan Sportsman, RN, PhD, are the event chairs.