Mental health is not a fashion topic.
Suddenly we have all become great experts in different Sports. It happened with Formule 1, tennis, cycling, handball and during these Tokyo Olympic Games have been the turn of artistic gymnastic.
Simone Biles has created a global conversation about her mental tiredness after sad chapters with some of her coaches and staff members when she was younger, competitive stress and special artistic gymnastic environment, specially comparing Biles with Nadia Comaneci, who was more innovative at that time, social contexts- worse in Nadia´s case and more open minded in Biles´s case-, at physical level- more esthetic in Nadia´s case and more powerful in Biles´s case-, different codes at scoring level- Nadia´s times until 10 points, and in Biles´s times scoring over 10 points, apart from Difficulty and Execution like variables, more objective and measure, over the paper.
But Bile’s head said: Enough is enough. Because athletes are just part of the society, one society with high negative levels about how mental health is impacting.
Just in Spain, one out of ten people has a mental health problem, although in many cases are not diagnosed, and one thing is more critical, social stigmatization is there, another reason to avoid being diagnosed. Two out of ten people take tranquilizers or sleeping pills, apart from antidepressants. And what about suicide? Each two hours and a half, one person in Spain commits suicide. This topic is the most important one in deaths as car accidents and other lethal diseases.
But all these numbers and stats were before pandemic impact. A COVID19 pandemic which has created a mandatory scenario with lockdowns for months, has created social distancing pictures, and a lot of people have been affected in their work (social economy) apart from the results from social and economic crisis. Around 41,6% of people recognize they sleep less and worse than before the pandemic. Mental health experts are fearing how big would be this invisible wave which is coming.
Those of you who follow and read me, and those who are in contact with me, you know my movements between corporative and entrepreneurial worlds. In this second case, I have paid attention to Diego Ballesteros´ storytelling, a successful entrepreneur, at professional and personal level, but one day his head also said: It´s enough. I have been listening to his case, and I invite you to know more about this in these pills which follow this post, apart from others, linked with this topic.
Please, join Diego´s mental health initiative on www.ancla.life
Source: Original ES version.
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