Naomi Osaka and other celebs open up about mental health

The tennis star receives $15,000 fine for skipping press due to mental health concerns

Stars Insider

31/05/21 | StarsInsider


In a time when mental illness is more prevalent than ever, breaking the stigma around issues like depression, anxiety, and various disorders can be a matter of life and death. Our society worships celebrities and it puts them in a position of immense influence. Many celebrities are now using their platforms to destigmatize mental illness and share that they experience the same struggles as everyone else. 

Tennis prodigy Naomi Osaka was hit with a US$15,000 fine for not speaking to the media due to her mental health following her first match of this year's French Open. The Grand Slam tournaments announced in a joint statement on May 30 that Osaka, currently the No. 2 player in the world, did not meet her "contractual media obligations" and warned that "repeat violations attract tougher sanctions." 

Osaka had previously put out a statement on May 26 explaining that she would not be doing press at the tournament due to the lack of regard for athletes' mental health. She likened the press conferences to "kicking a person while they're down," and wrote, "If the organizations think that they can just keep saying, ‘do press or you're gonna be fined,' and continue to ignore the mental health of the athletes that are the centerpiece of their cooperation, then I just gotta laugh." She continued, "Anyways, I hope the considerable amount that I get fined for this will go towards a mental health charity."

Following the Grand Slam tournaments' joint statement about the fine, which also threatened her with suspension, the 23-year-old athlete tweeted, "anger is a lack of understanding. change makes people uncomfortable." 

Take a look through the gallery and find out which other celebrities are courageously opening up to the public about their experiences with mental illness, and learn more about the signs and symptoms so you can help raise awareness too.


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