Athletes Are Starting to Address Mental Health Problems


A few weeks ago, Calvin Ridley did not show up to his game in London due to “personal issues.” After that game, the Atlanta Falcon’s Wide Reciever said that he would be taking a break from football to focus on his mental health problems.

In an interview, Ridley said, “These past few weeks have been very challenging and as much as I’d like to be on the field competing with my teammates, I need to step away from football at this time and focus on my mental wellbeing. This will help me be the best version of myself now and in the future I want to thank my teammates, the entire Atlanta Falcons organization, our great fans, my friends, and my family for all of their support during this time.”

This is not the first time we’ve seen famous athletes taking a step away for mental health. This summer, during the 2020 olympics in Tokoyo, U.S gymnast Simone Biles dropped out of the competition to focus on her mental health, proving that sports can be very physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding.

These athletes stepping away from their sports to address mental health problems just goes to show how important of an issue this is. What do you think of these actions by these two? Always remember, as these famous athletes are displaying, its okay to focus on your own mental health, and there is always help.