In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Howard, along with several other celebrities and mental health champions participated in the Child Mind Institute’s #MyYoungerSelf social media campaign.
As part of the campaign, Howard shared a video in which he gives advice to his younger self.
In the video, he says, “Stay the course, surround yourself with great people – people who believe in you, love you for who you are and allow you to express yourself in whatever way you feel fit. I would also encourage my younger self to not be bogged down with stereotypes. When I was a kid, I wondered if I was going to be able to date or drive a car, and all these things seem silly now, but at the time they were real. [I’d] Take a moment, pause and allow myself to realize that I can do and accomplish anything I wanted to with TS because or in spite of it.”
On Saturday in SLC, I had the pleasure of meeting the Allred Family. Their story is powerful – the father (Brian), son (Enzo) and daughter (Tempest) all have TS. I’m inspired by their strength and I thank them for driving over an hour to catch our match. #HowardsHeroes pic.twitter.com/uvYAzeH4Aq
— Tim Howard (@TimHowardGK) April 23, 2018
As detailed in his autobiography, The Keeper: A Life Of Saving Goals And Achieving Them, Howard dealt with Tourette and Obsessive-Compulsive disorder since his days playing youth soccer. In addition to initiatives such as the #MyYoungerSelf campaign, Howard often meets with youths affected by Tourette syndrome following Rapids matches.
“I remember what it was like being a kid, having to look up to someone, and trying to figure out what was going on with me,” Howard told the Rapids supporter group Voice of C38 in a recent interview. “I just want to give kids an opportunity while I still have this platform.”
— Tim Howard (@TimHowardGK) May 6, 2018