Under My Helmet: Football Player Keith O'Neil On Battling Bipolar Disorder

35:42 · 2018

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Join Keith O'Neil, former NFL football player, with sports writer Travis Pipes and host Kristin Walker as they discuss Keith's advocacy in mental health after his diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder. 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 speaks to audiences in the sports 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 recently wrote a memoir titled, Under My Helmet - A Football Players Lifelong Battle With Bipolar Disorder.

Keith played in the NFL with an undiagnosed mental illness, bipolar disorder, and is extremely passionate about helping others who suffer with mental health issues. He is devoted to erasing the stigma of mental illness in our society. He is utilizing his book along with motivational speaking engagements to create awareness of mental illness.

Keith believes, "with the proper diagnosis, medical attention and determination, anyone can achieve anything. If he can make it in the high stress environment of playing in the NFL with bipolar disorder, anything is possible!"

Keith lives in Pendleton, NY with his wife Jill and two sons Connor and Tanner. Keith's father, Ed O'Neil was an All-American linebacker at Penn State University, and a first round draft pick in the 1974 NFL Draft. 



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