Tennis star Naomi Osaka joins a growing list of high-profile athletes speaking publicly, and candidly, about mental health. As reported by Alan Blinder in the NYTimes, Osaka withdrew from the French Open this week, citing her struggles with long bouts of depression. It is the latest example of athletes centering mental health as a determining factor in their career trajectory, rebuffing the “age-old notion they are and must be, as peerless in mind as they are in the body, untroubled by the scourge of mental illness”
Brandon Marshal, who has long been vocal about living with Borderline Personality Disorder, is listed along with other athletes as those who have paved the way for an open and honest conversation about mental health in professional sports.
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