Christen Harper Reveals No. 1 Mental Health Tip She Learned From Jared Goff

The SI Swimsuit model shared some insight during a recent ‘Be You Women’s Empowerment Series’ event.
Christen Harper and Jared Goff

Christen Harper and Jared Goff.

Though today is World Mental Health Day, we regularly focus on topics related to overall well-being and self-care. Over the last few weeks, SI Swimsuit’s “Be You Women’s Empowerment Series,” presented by Maybelline, has brought a unique, interactive experience that encourages young women to take charge of their mental health through panel discussions and various branded activations to several Big 12 schools.

During the Sept. 21 stop at the University of Cincinnati, three-time SI Swimsuit model Christen Harper was on hand to discuss everything from her career trajectory to her personal struggles with mental health.

Among the wisdom she offered attendees, the 30-year-old shared an anecdote that she adopted from her fiancé, Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff, that serves as a great reminder when it comes to managing social media commentary in particular.

“Nothing that people talk about or talk to me about on social media is in my control,” Harper says. “And actually, Jared once told me a thing that I think about all the time. And he said, ‘You cannot put value in the positive comments, because by doing that, you’re then validating all the negative comments.’ If you can put any weight in what anybody thinks of you, that’s when you’re validating everything.”

Wise words from the reigning co-Rookie of the Year, who has more than 500,000 followers on Instagram alone. Rather than concerning herself with online commentary—good or bad—Harper adds that she instead chooses to surround herself with loved ones to stay grounded.

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.