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Athletes Who’ve Talked About Mental Health

Mental strength is just as important as physical strength.

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Ahead of the 2021 French Open, the tennis superstar announced she wouldn’t be doing post-match press to preserve her mental health even though she knew she would incur fines.

Naomi Osaka

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After being fined $15,000 for not meeting her “media requirements” associated with participating in a Grand Slam, Osaka withdrew from the tournament.

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In 2017, the Olympic figure skater announced she’d be taking time off to seek professional help for anxiety, depression and an eating disorder. She returned to the ice in 2020.

Gracie Gold

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The Olympic swimmer revealed in 2018 on Today that at his lowest point, he didn’t leave his house for five days and was suicidal. Asking for help changed his life, he said.

Michael Phelps

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After experiencing a panic attack during a game, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward created the Kevin Love Fund, aimed at awareness for children struggling with mental health.

Kevin Love

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I think it is very important for kids and their parents to understand what is going on, and that's why being here is so important.

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In February, the former football player opened up to PEOPLE about therapy he went through in 2011 that led to his diagnosis with borderline personality disorder.

Brandon Marshall

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“[It was] the first time I realized that football was my platform and not my purpose,” Marshall said. He and his wife created Project 375 to promote mental health support and education.

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Since his brother’s death by suicide in 2020, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback has been open about his struggles with anxiety and depression, and encourages others to do the same.

Dak Prescott

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The Green Bay Packers quarterback told The Athletic his thoughts on Prescott, “I think it's phenomenal, him speaking out because that's true courage and that's true strength."

Aaron Rodgers

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The Olympic gymnast told POPSUGAR that she’d been on antidepressants since 2019, and therapy had helped her treat depression and an eating disorder. 

Laurie Hernandez

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"Recently I decided to get on antidepressant medication. That was one of the best decisions I have made in a while,” the sprinter wrote on Twitter in 2020.

Noah Lyles

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The Atlanta Falcons player opened up on Red Table Talk about the pressure NFL players face to be this “big physical person.” He also emphasized the importance of asking for help.

Hayden Hurst

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Since retiring from gymnastics, the Olympian has opened up about how the sport impacted her mental health and made her very critical of herself.

Aly Raisman

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I'm still kind of trying to navigate how to fully recover, but I've learned the importance of being kind to myself.

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“I bottled so much stuff up throughout my life… and I think it hurt me in the long run,” the retired football player told PEOPLE, encouraging others to consider therapy.

Michael Oher

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If you or someone you know needs mental health help, text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 to be connected to a certified crisis counselor.

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