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Second Gentleman Emhoff visits Eugene

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Nathan Wilk
Second Gentleman Emhoff hugs track athlete Noah Lyles at a meeting on July 15.

Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff visited Eugene Friday to discuss mental health ahead of the World Athletics Championships.

At a roundtable at the University of Oregon, Emhoff met with Governor Kate Brown, university administration and professional athlete Noah Lyles.

Lyles became a public advocate for therapy after revealing his history with depression.

“All the times that I would have episodes of strong depression, I remember how angry I would be and feel, and that was a signal. It's like, okay, I need to talk to somebody.”

Lyles and Emhoff spoke about treatment strategies for men. Emhoff praised Lyle’s advocacy, and said the pandemic has caused a mental health crisis.

“If we can destigmatize it, make it okay, just make it part of our normal everyday conversation to talk about mental health, we can literally save lives.”

Emhoff said the Biden administration is working to improve mental healthcare.

Nathan Wilk is a freelance reporter and former reporting intern. He began in radio at a young age, serving as a DJ and public affairs host across Oregon. He is a senior at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.