Jordan Burnham

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As a teenage guy whose sister and confidant had just left for college, Jordan Burnham did not feel he had anywhere to turn when his depression set in. He wanted so badly to express what he was going through, but how could a popular student-athlete reveal to anyone how dark his inner life had become when it seemed he had nothing to complain about? Jordan turned to alcohol to give him the courage to show his friends glimpses into his feelings, but after a series of struggles and disappointments, his depression pulled him further into the darkness. During his senior year, Jordan attempted to take his life.

Today, Jordan travels around the country sharing his incredible story of survival and emphasizing that seeking help is not a sign of weakness and often leads to a successful recovery. He shares with students his ongoing physical and mental health recovery process, and what they can do to create healthier and more supportive communities.

Jordan is a nationally recognized mental health advocate who was one of the “2010 Best of Philly” and received the 2012 Emerging Humanitarian Award winner from the Asomugha Foundation. He has been featured in The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, and USA Today, and he has appeared on ESPN’s E:60 and Outside the Lines, CNN, and Good Morning America.

Jordan's presentation highlights the following topics:


(Terms in bold denote primary topics.)


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Athletes and Mental Health
  • Trauma

  • Suicide
  • Substance Use and Abuse
  • Advocacy
  • Stigma Reduction
  • Men and Mental Health
  • Race/Ethnic Minorities
  • Religious/Spiritual Communities