Keith O’Neil lived with undiagnosed bipolar disorder throughout his NFL career, including his final year with the Indianapolis Colts as they won the Super Bowl in 2006. After his diagnosis, Keith became an advocate, starting the 4th and Forever Foundation, which is dedicated to assisting those living with and affected by mental health conditions, through programs that raise awareness, promote education and fund research to alleviate mental illness. Keith tours the country, speaking to high school students. He shares with us his secret to getting through to them, and the single most frequent question they ask. He also speaks candidly about writing his book and about the people in his life who helped him, both before and after diagnosis.
Keith O’Neil Show Highlights:
“The secrecy and the stigma that I lived with was almost as bad as the illness itself.” ~ Keith O’Neil
[1:19] Being bipolar in the NFL.
[4:27] Coming out as bipolar on Facebook.
[6:29] Keith O’Neil’s 4th and Forever Foundation.
[7:05] The secret to getting through to high schoolers.
[12:15] Keith’s suicide attempt.
[14:40] Keith’s book, Under My Helmet.
[17:00] “Beating the Demon.”
About Our Guest
Keith O’Neil is a former NFL football player. Keith played for the Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants. During his professional career, he served as team captain and was a member of the Colts Super Bowl XLI Championship team. Keith is an international speaker and speaks to audiences in the sports, faith, and mental health communities. He is also the President and Founder of the 4th and Forever Foundation, which brings awareness to mental health and funds research for mental illness. Keith also authored a memoir, Under My Helmet – A Football Players Lifelong Battle With Bipolar Disorder.
About The Psych Central Show Podcast Hosts
Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. In addition to hosting The Psych Central Show, Gabe is an associate editor for PsychCentral.com. He also runs an online Facebook community, The Positive Depression/Bipolar Happy Place, and invites you to join. To work with Gabe, please visit his website, gabehoward.com.
Vincent M. Wales is a former suicide prevention counselor who lives with persistent depressive disorder. In addition to co-hosting The Psych Central Show, Vincent is the author of several award-winning novels and the creator of costumed hero Dynamistress. Visit his websites at www.vincentmwales.com and www.dynamistress.com.