Colts, Kicking The Stigma To Spotlight Mental Health Awareness During Week 2 Game Vs. Los Angeles Rams

The Colts and Irsay family will continue to highlight mental health awareness with Sunday’s game at Lucas Oil Stadium against the Los Angeles Rams, which will be dedicated to those efforts and “Kicking The Stigma.”

Colts Vice President/Owner Calin Jackson said.

“This stigma is real, and it affects millions,” Jackson added, “so we are proud to play a role in reminding our fans, friends and neighbors that it is okay to not be unwell, and that it is certainly okay to be vulnerable and seek help when needed.”

Breaking Stigma is an initiative of the Ersay family to raise awareness about mental health disorders and remove the stigma often associated with these diseases.

>> On Sunday, the Colts will provide fans with more information about Kicking The Stigma as well as other ongoing efforts in the community, and how they can help and contribute to the cause.

>> Video messages will be played from Colts All-Pro player Darius Leonard, defensive end Kwity Paye and quarterback Sam Ehlinger about their mental health journeys.

>> Coaches and players will wear Kicking The Stigma jerseys during the pre-match warm-up, which will highlight positive messages about mental health.

>> For a $35 donation in support of Kicking The Stigma Action Grants, fans can receive their very own Kicking The Stigma T-shirt. Fans can pre-order the T-shirts until September 26 by going to

In addition, the Colts announced ‘Stigma’ grant recipients this week for the following organizations:

  • Lifeline, Inc. overdose
  • Public Advocates for Community Re-entry (PACE)
  • Rich for youth
  • Martin Luther King Multi-Service Center, Indianapolis, Inc.
  • NAMI Indiana, Inc.
  • HVAF of Indiana, Inc.
  • Indiana YMCA Alliance
  • Eclectic Soul VOICES
  • Children’s office
  • Bring change to the mind
  • Mental Health America of Indiana, Inc.
  • NAMI Greater Indianapolis, Inc.
  • Bring change 2 mind
  • healthy minds project
  • On our sleeves: the movement for children’s mental health
  • Indiana University: Stigma and Addiction Research

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