10 Athletes Who Defied Stigma And Opened Up About Their Struggles With Mental Health

Oct 03, 2023

By: Sagarika C

10 Athletes Who Transformed Their Mental Health Challenges into Triumphs

Mental health knows no boundaries, it touches the lives of individuals from all walks of life, including some of the world's most accomplished athletes. These exceptional individuals have harnessed their platforms to illuminate their own battles with ment...

1. Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka's recent withdrawal from the French Open sent shockwaves through the tennis world. The 23-year-old, ranked as the No. 1 female tennis player globally, made the tough decision to step away from the tournament after being slapped with a $15,000 ...

2. Michael Phelps

The legendary Olympian with a record-breaking medal tally, has been candid about his battles with mental health, substance misuse, and depression. Following his second DUI charge in 2014, he disclosed his struggle with suicidal thoughts in the HBO Sports docum...

3. Serena Williams

Serena Williams, the tennis legend, hasn't shied away from discussing her own mental health battles. In 2018, at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, she faced a tough time on the court, losing three straight sets in just 52 minutes. What made it even mor...

4. Aly Raisman

Aly Raisman, a six-time Olympic medalist and a survivor of the abuse perpetrated by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar has been candid about her struggles with anxiety and her journey towards healing. Following her retirement from gymnastics in Jan...

5. Ronda Rousey

Professional wrestler Ronda Rousey opened up about her darkest moments following her UFC 193 loss to Holly Holm in 2015. During an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres' show in 2016, Rousey shared her emotional turmoil, admitting that, having lost both her fathe...

6. DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan, the NBA sensation, took to Twitter in February 2018, openly sharing his battle with depression. He humbly acknowledged that, no matter how tough we might seem on the outside, we're all human deep down, with our own feelings and struggles. D...

7. Amanda Beard

The four-time Olympic medalist bared her soul in her memoir, "In the Water They Can't See You Cry." From her debut at the Olympics at just 14, she openly shared her battle with depression, poor self-image, and self-harm during her years in the s...

8. Kevin Love

In his candid essay penned for The Players' Tribune in 2020, NBA star Kevin Love bared his soul about his harrowing journey through depression and mental health challenges. During his tenure with the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he endured multiple injur...

9. Abby Wambach

A soccer legend and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Abby Wambach, opened up about her battles with addiction and mental health. In her memoir, "Forward," she bravely recounts her struggles with prescription pain pill misuse and alcohol abuse, culmina...

10. Allison Schmitt

Four-time Olympic gold medalist, swimmer Allison Schmitt, has shared about her battle with depression, and she credits fellow Olympian Michael Phelps for encouraging her to speak out. In a 2018 interview with USA Swimming, Schmitt emphasized that living with d...