Simone Biles and other celebs open up about mental health
Simone Biles has dropped out of the Tokyo Olympics to prioritize her mental health
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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.
Simone Biles shocked the world by announcing her voluntary withdrawal from the Olympics. The champion gymnast was the star of Team USA and had alread commented on the immense pressure she was feeling. "I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times," she wrote on Instagram. One day later she announced she was withdrawing from the women's gymnastics team final, and later the individual all-round competition. This came shortly after an uncharacteristic misstep during her vault. Biles revealed that she was feeling stressed and struggling with her focus and mental state. Ultimately, she made the decision to exit the competition completely due to her mental health.
"You have to be there 100%," Biles told reporters. "If not, you get hurt. Today has been really stressful. I was shaking. I couldn't nap. I have never felt like this going into a competition, and I tried to go out and have fun. But once I came out, I was like, 'No. My mental is not there.'"
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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