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Celebrities and Mental Health

I find celebrities overcoming their mental struggles to be extremely inspiring for the improvement of my mental health. It shows that no matter what position you are in life, everyone can suffer from the same issues and recover from them with proper care and attention. That is why I would like to highlight a handful of athletes that suffered from poor mental wellness and how they used their experiences to help others in need.

 

Five Famous Athletes That Support Mental Health

Professional wrestler Ronda Rousey has dealt with suicidal thoughts during her career. After losing the UFC championship to Holly Holm, she began conjuring dark thoughts while stationed at a hospital. Ronda felt as if everything she had done in life was for nothing while her thoughts began catering towards her father and grandfather, individuals who had taken their lives prior. Luckily, it was the presence of her then-boyfriend Travis Browne that helped her overcome these thoughts of self-infliction. A few years after the incident, Ronda aided in spreading suicide awareness by promoting the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center.

 

The Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott started suffering from anxiety after his brother had taken their own life. He became sleep deprived after this disorder had been converted into depression; his mental health was the worst it had ever been. But at a certain point, Dak reached out to others for help during this desperate time of need, receiving the assistance they required through friends and family. After dealing with this tragic experience, Dak has advocated for athletes to open up regarding the issues they have about their mental state.

The highest-paid female athlete in the world, Naomi Osaka, had been suffering from poor mental wellness. Although she was the 2nd best female tennis player in the world, she dropped out of the French Open tennis tournament after the third round. The reasoning behind this was that Naomi was pressured and fined after refusing to attend post-match press conferences, tarnishing the introvert's mental health; bringing forward a depression to the public that had lasted since 2018. As Naomi went through a mental breakdown, she advocated for athletes to be given breaks from the media so that their mental well-being could improve.

 

Dwayne Johnson struggled with depression early on. At the University of Miami, Dwayne had plans to become a defensive tackle with the aspiration of performing in the NFL. These aspirations of his fell short after he ended up injuring his shoulder. He was no longer fit for football because of this incident. This resulted in depression, yet he did not know what it meant to be depressed. It reached a point where he stopped attending school after losing all motivation to achieve anything. Fortunately for Dwayne, he had friends who were willing to listen to his concerns. Although these events occurred well before his wrestling career, he strives for everyone to speak up for themselves whenever they are not in a healthy mind space.


The most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, has suffered from mental health issues of their own. While dealing with substance abuse, Michael suffered from a deep depression which led to him being admitted to a rehabilitation center. After he received treatment for his mental health, he actively promoted a therapy app called Talkspace and brought recognition to the benefits of therapy. He admits that going to a therapist saved his life.

Matthew Garrett, YHELP! Blogger Intern