Is your mental health a priority?
I was shocked to learn that the US gymnastic superstar, 24-year-old Simone Biles, withdrew from the women’s team competition at the Tokyo Olympics this week. She was not physically injured and cited ‘mental health concerns as her reason for withdrawing. This has certainly helped to dispel the stigma that remains around the issue and highlights the immense pressure she is feeling just underneath her beaming smile and calm, strong-as-nails exterior.
Mental health and emotional well-being are key components to our health and we must make it a priority. It is nothing to be ashamed of. We all have a something. If we talk about it, we will soon learn that we are not so unique in how we struggle through life. We can support each other, understand one another and learn to accept our human-ness. As Simone has just discovered, it is ok to say that you are not ok. Despite having the eyes of the world on her and expecting her to perform and win, she bowed out. If she can do it, so can we. We are proud of her and grateful too. Let the healing begin.
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