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Panthers safety teams up with local organization to advocate for mental health

CHARLOTTE — A local organization is making it its mission to advocate for mental health awareness in our community.

Panthers safety Juston Burris has teamed up with Dream the Impossible to help bring attention to the cause.

Dream the Impossible, founded in 2018, is dedicated to eradicating the stigma around mental health in our communities.

They use speaking engagements, community events, and youth development to accomplish that mission.

Each year, the NFL gives its players the opportunity to bring attention to a cause they feel passionate about through a program called ‘My Cause, My Cleats.’

This year, Burris chose mental health.

On Sunday, Burris and ‘Dream the Impossible’ held a workshop with 20 student-athletes to have open conversations about mental health. They also gave them tools they could use to help others.

”Even though they may not be suffering or going through anything, there’s always going to be a time where their friends may be going through something. Or their teammates may be going through something, and knowing how to recognize that, and being there. And referring them to go get help or speak out or talk to somebody,” Dream the Impossible President Doug Middleton said.

If you or someone you know needs help, Channel 9 has several resources available here.

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