Chloe Kim, a star snowboarder from the United States, has said that Naomi Osaka’s candidness about her own struggles with mental health has inspired her to do the same.
Naomi Osaka disclosed her battles with depression and anxiety at last year’s French Open. Osaka is now a leading voice in the movement to improve athletes’ mental health.
For reasons related to her mental health, Kim announced in April that she would be sitting out the entire 2022–23 season. “I think talking about mental health is really important because a lot of people experience it and we need to make people feel comfortable talking about their struggles and seeking help because I needed help,” Kim said, as reported by Sportskeeda.
“Seeing other top athletes come out and talk about their struggles was very inspiring to me, and I felt the impact of people like Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka doing so.
Likewise, I felt the need to express my thoughts on the matter.”
Since talking to Osaka, Kim has revealed some of her personal struggles.
As a four-time Grand Slam winner, Osaka is widely regarded as one of the best female athletes in the world.
Osaka recognizes that not every aspect of being a global celebrity is rosy and ideal. “All athletes, in my opinion, can identify with feeling pressured, both from the outside world and from within.
It took a lot of courage for me to admit that I wasn’t always performing well as an athlete, because strength is so central to how you’re perceived. The best part is that by opening up to other people, I discovered that not only was I not alone, but that recognizing the need for a break did not make me a weak person. It takes more courage to speak up than to remain silent “The statement is attributed to Osaka.