Vols quarterback details battle with depression at start of Mental Health Awareness Month

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Tennessee freshman quarterback Brian Maurer passes during the Vols' matchup with SEC East rival Georgia on Oct. 5, 2019, at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville.

University of Tennessee quarterback Brian Maurer shared his battles with anxiety and depression on his Instagram account Friday, which coincided with the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Month.

Maurer, who played in eight games and made four starts for the Volunteers as a freshman in 2019, even detailed his intention to commit suicide earlier this year.

"On Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, I planned to take my own life," Maurer posted. "I thought I had lost my battle with depression and that my pain had come to an end. As I was going to do it, I said, 'God, if this isn't your plan for me, please send me a sign.'

"Two minutes later, my mom called me with my baby nephew, Jeremiah, and said she was just calling to say she loved me.