NY Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall envisions AI bringing mental health to the masses

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 8:47 PM

Portion of the reason for his visit was because, in two thousand-eleventh, Marshall was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. He spent three months in an outpatient program and presently recognizes that what he went through wasn’t unique.

NY Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall envisions AI bringing mental health to the masses

NY Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall paid a visit to Silicon Valley this week to examine opportunities and potential partnerships with tech companies around mental health issues. Portion of the reason for his visit was because, in two thousand-eleventh, Marshall was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. He spent three months in an outpatient program and presently recognizes that what he went through wasn’t unique.

“They’re universal issues — things we go through just as youthful adults trying to discover ourselves and navigate through the world and with all of the stresses and challenges,” Marshall told me. 

Since his diagnosis, Marshall has wanted to utilize his celebrity status to lift awareness about mental health issues, which are still, unfortunately, stigmatized in our society. That’s ultimately the impetus for Project three hundred seventy-five, co-founded by Marshall and his wife, Michi Marshall. With Project three hundred seventy-five, the goal is to lift awareness around mental health issues — something one in five adults in America experienced latest year, according to the U. S. Dept of Health & Human Services.

“I always say, football is my platform, not my purpose,” Marshall said. “There’s a unique opportunity where there’s one hundred million avid football fans that I can speak to and speak to every single day because they follow football.”

To date, Project three hundred seventy-five has partnered with Chicago Public Schools to proposal behavioral health services to all students in the public school system. It's also committed to investing $1 million to McLean Hospital — where Marshall went for an outpatient program — to fund a residential program for youthful men with emerging borderline personality disorder. Project three hundred seventy-five’s current tech-based initiatives comprise an e-newsletter, an online storytelling platform for people with mental health issues, and some support for text messaging. So, right now, it’s pretty low-tech.

“To be honest, we really haven’t been progressive or adopted technology the way we should have,” Marshall said. “That’s why we’re here now.”

Marshall filled his schedule with meetings at companies and organizations including Facebook, Singularity University, AI mental health startup X2AI and mental health therapy platform Lantern.

“I’m not an expert in tech but I realize that we necessity tech to solve some of the issues in the mental health community,” Marshall said. “I know people well. That’s my space. All I wish to do is assistance people. I perceive love the mental health stigma is the latest grand stigma in our country and there’s two things I always speak about. One is the intangible, and that’s raising awareness. Where we’re at today is where the cancer and HIV community was twenty, twenty-five years ago. There are also a lot of people out there suffering or suffering in silence. Some of the hospitals aren’t accessible — they aren’t affordable and before I go, I'd love to assistance bridge the gap.”

Artificial intelligence, Marshall said, is what'll assistance bring mental health to the masses, and that’s going to happen through partnerships between non-profit organizations love Project 375 and tech startups focusing on mental health. X2AI, for example, uses artificial intelligence as a tool for psychotherapy. Its first bot, named Tess, can keep conversations with people, allow coping skills and encourage overall emotional well-being. Instead of serving ten people a day, Tess can serve hundreds. Right now, X2AI co-founder Michiel Rauws told me that the company is looking into how it can work with Project 375. Marshall would also love to partner with the NFL around some of these technologies mental health technologies.

“Before I retire, I wish to modify the way professional sports approach mental health,” Marshall said. “I wish to start with NFL. Some of the technology, I believe, should be portion of our employee benefits.”

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