• Panthers legend Steve Smith opens up about mental health struggles

    By: Blaine Tolison

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A Carolina Panther legend wants to make sure anyone facing a mental struggle knows they're not broken.

    On Tuesday morning, former wide receiver Steve Smith shared some inspiration, based on his own battle with depression.

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    He spoke to hundreds at the Convention Center for the Mental Health America Central Carolinas breakfast.

    He said that despite all the love from his wife, his children and fans, he still felt alone.

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    "When the stadium goes dark and the cheers stop, you're still looking for that pat on the back," Smith told the crowd. “I started to realize, man something is wrong.”

    >> Anchor Blaine Tolison explains how Smith got the help he needed, and the simple task the former NFL star wants you to do to help those struggling with their mental health, in the video at the top of this webpage.

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