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Wednesday Round-Up: Carlos Dunlap II Shares How Helping Others Aids His Mental Health

Carlos Dunlap II shared his story of how helping others has improved his mental health for Mental Health Awareness Month.

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Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's happening today – Wednesday, May 19 – for your Seattle Seahawks.

Carlos Dunlap II Speaks Out For Mental Health Awareness Month

The NFL is supporting Mental Health Awareness Month by launching a new Mental Health Awareness Series. The series focuses on destigmatizing conversation around mental illness as they roll out different videos with players every Tuesday and Friday in May.

Players like Joey Bosa, DJ Chark and more all spoke openly about the importance of prioritizing mental health and wellness, while also sharing how they cope with their own mental health.

Tuesday was Seahawks defense end Carlos Dunlap II's turn to speak on NFL Network. Dunlap shared how community service and helping others aids his mental health.

"I feel personally that mental health and physical health can be one in the same," Dunlap said. "I think if the two of those are aligned, and you excel at both of those you have a better outlook and greater performance.

"One of my favorite things to do to stay mentally healthy is to engage and give back in the community, whether it be my bullying-free program or whether it be education, talking to inner-city kids about the importance of competing on and off whatever their playing surface is. Being involved in the community helps me just stay humble, being grounded, being present. It's super refreshing and resetting to be around those kids. A lot of times they think that I'm giving them something, but I think it's mutual.

"I think it's important for everyone to talk about mental health. For me and people of color, we're taught to keep our feelings in, don't ever show too much emotion. I feel like if you keep all that in, it's like a ticking bomb waiting to explode. Sometimes just getting it out allows you to refresh, reset and just go about your work."

Here is the full video of Dunlap's message, which also includes some shots of him giving back to children in the community:

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Doug Baldwin Shares His Story For AAPI Heritage Month

Seahawks Legend Doug Baldwin shared a personal story for the "Our Stories Are Your Stories" campaign on Tuesday. Baldwin, who is one-quarter Filipino, partnered with the campaign for Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month.

The purpose of the OSAYS campaign is to bring awareness to the experiences of the Asain American and Pacific Islanders community to help increase cultural empathy and connection.

Baldwin, along with other local public figures and AAPI leaders, all shared their stories for AAPI Heritage Month. Baldwin's story involved his Filipina grandmother, who lives in Florida and was unable to see Baldwin throughout the pandemic.

You can watch full story on the OSAYS website here and see the preview below:

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