Cerebrum Fall 2021

B Y C A R L S H E R M A N I LLUSTRAT I ON BY DANI EL HERTZBERG

Assessing mental

health risks for those in the public eye

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NE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS IN LAST SUMMER’S TOKYO Olympicswas a star performance that didn’t happen. Shortly after amistake in executing a difficult maneuver had cost her a medal—and threatened serious injury—gymnastic phenomenon Simone Biles announced that she was withdrawing from key compe- titions for mental health reasons. Despite returning several days later to take medals in some subsequent events, Biles was derided as a quitter by some. But upon the whole, the response was respect for her courage in protecting herself, and in going public with her mental health concerns.

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