The common thread between all of Tuesday’s top stories was mental health. It was front and center in Simone Biles’ shocking decision to withdraw from her team’s Olympic competition. It was highlighted by the police officers who testified about lingering wounds from the January 6 attack. And it was invoked by CDC director Rochelle Walensky as she reignited the so-called “mask wars.”
That brings me to Tuesday and the breaking news from Tokyo…
Athletes and celebrities and brands rushed to support Biles, who broke down in tears as she explained her decision. “I have to focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and well-being,” she said, adding, “It just sucks when you’re fighting with your own head.”
“What you’re seeing is a younger generation setting boundaries around what mental health is and what they owe an audience,” Tony Reali said on ESPN, specifically about Biles. Reali has been candid about having generalized anxiety disorder. “Mental health is simply health,” he tweeted after “Around the Horn.” He said mental health does not discriminate but “the way we talk about it does.” Hopefully we’re seeing that change in real time, on days like today.
‘January 6 still isn’t over for me’
Dunn used his nationally televised platform for good, telling fellow officers, “There is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking professional counseling. What we went through that day was traumatic.”