It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: Sports and Mental Health
We’ve all heard news about an athlete’s physical injuries before, but what about their mental health challenges? Do we, as sports audiences or fans, ever notice their mental state rather than their performance on the court? Mental health has always been an important issue that was further exacerbated by the pandemic, but never widely accepted in the sports community. As a table tennis player who is on the national team, Crystal shares her mental health journey and struggles from an athlete’s perspective with Stella. In this episode, Crystal further describes the pandemic’s impact on mental health and the increase in athletes using social media to open up about their mental health journey in an attempt to normalize this highly stigmatized issue.