It’s a shame.
Our society simply doesn’t regard mental health issues the same way that physical injuries and illnesses are looked at by people.
Let me give an example. Not looking for any sympathy at all here, haha!
I recently hurt my left arm and had to wear a sling for a few weeks. Everywhere I went in public I would get asked about my arm.
How am I doing?
How did I hurt it?
How long will I have to wear it?
Honestly, it is nice of those to show an interest in my well-being by inquiring about my arm.
When I heard that United States Gymnast Simone Biles dropped out of this year’s Olympics due to mental health issues, I just knew there would be plenty of criticism. However, the 24-year-old’s choices are understandable…
Let’s just say…hypothetically…she put a sling on her arm (as I had on) and said that she could not participate in The Olympics because of her arm as she had some type of arm injury. The acceptance by fans across the land would be 100%. Unlike said mental health issues that have been the talk everywhere.
I think it is very brave of her to take a look in the mirror, so to speak, and realize that she needs to work on her own mental health issues. However, it’s not looked at that way as a society because there isn’t a sling for the brain.
Had she participated in The Olympics, it could have caused her a lot of issues mentally speaking. These issues could have damaged her life in such insurmountable ways because of what she faced moving forward with the difficulties of Olympic competition…