With Hamza Abdullah.

Former NFL Safety, Hamza Abdullah explains how attempting suicide and being in the limelight has internal and external effects. He intentionally speaks about how success in the world does not mean success within yourself. Having a thriving career from the ages of 12 – 28 as Hamza the football player, didn’t leave much room for Hamza the individual.

Regretting the past and giving everything to others, has been a downfall in trying to leave some of Hamza, for himself. He speaks of turning losses into lessons and getting across the point that vulnerability is not a weakness, but a strength. He remembers listening to Oprah saying:

Forgiveness is letting go of the hope that the past could have been any different, it’s accepting the past for what it was, and using this moment and this time to help yourself move forward.

About the Author: BJ Williams – Contributor

BJ Williams Mental Health Foundation author bio headshotBJ Williams is a teacher, actor, model, coach, and former athlete. A social studies graduate from Washington State University he also lettered in football and track and field. BJ has balanced the life of a teacher, coach, actor, and model for ten years. When he is not hustling in the world of entertainment, BJ uses his downtime as a substitute teacher in the Los Angeles Unified and Downey Unified School Districts. An accomplished athlete, educator, model, actor, BJ has battled situational depression for half his life.Having gone to therapy over the past few years BJ wanted to share his path to therapy with others. He created “Can I Be Vulnerable?” A series depicting Black men being vulnerable to the world. What started as personal project has blossomed into a global project. The goal is to break the stigma in his community and beyond.