EP22: Black Women & Mental Health, Part 2

Oh, you thought we were finished talking about mental health? Not just yet. Hundreds of talented athletes are in Tokyo, Japan for the 2020 (thanks COVID) Olympic Games. Many people have been tuning in to see some of their favorite American athletes compete such as Simone Biles, the most decorated gymnast of all time.

The young 24-year-old Black woman has become a household name and inspiration to many, so imagine the backlash Biles received when she pulled out of the gymnastic competitions due to her state of mental health.

On episode 22, podcast hosts Aidil Ortiz and Ritney Castine come to Bile’s defense. There is a lot of pressure to be available and accessible to the people you care about. The pressure to succeed and be the best can also feel heavy on your shoulders. Black women are often expected to be strong and push back their needs to fulfill the needs of others. Many of the people who criticized Biles said she letting her team down and that ‘pressure’ is a part of competitive sports. However, there is tremendous power behind the word ‘no’ and Biles is not afraid to use it.

As we defend the G.O.A.T. of gymnastics, there are other issues relating to public health trending in the headlines. The Delta variant of coronavirus is spreading quickly across the country, but vaccination rates are still low. Also the HIV prevention pill, known as PrEP, will now be free under almost all insurance plans.

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