When Naomi Osaka introduced she was opting out of press in the course of the 2021 French Open, she stated she hoped her hefty superb would, on the very least, go to a psychological well being group. Nicely, Osaka was certainly slapped with the complete $15,000 superb and threatened with additional punishments, main her to subsequently drop out of the match. On social media, Osaka defined she did not wish to be a “distraction” to the opposite gamers and defined her previous struggles with melancholy and social nervousness, particularly when talking to press.
In honor of Osaka taking a stand for psychological well being, the Calm app has pledged to donate $15,000 — the complete equal of Osaka’s superb — to the French section of Laureus Sport, a worldwide group “doing unimaginable work within the psychological well being area” to rework younger individuals’s lives via sport, Calm stated on social media. However that is not all: Calm, an app that promotes sleep via soothing “sleep tales”, additionally pledged to pay the superb for every other participant opting out of 2021 Grand Slam press appearances for psychological well being causes. The app may even match these fines with $15,000 donations to Laureus Sport.
As a lot as Osaka has been criticized for failing to “do her job” as a professional athlete (reminder: damaging your psychological well being should not be a job requirement), she’s additionally setting an instance that it is OK to prioritize your personal wellbeing over others’ expectations. It is encouraging to see companies like Calm including help, and this seems like simply the beginning of the dialog.
Psychological well being is well being. 🎾
To help Naomi Osaka’s resolution to prioritize her psychological well being, Calm is donating $15,000 to @LaureusSport in France, a company doing unimaginable work within the psychological well being area to rework the lives of younger individuals via the ability of sport. pic.twitter.com/C53ptXsks5
— Calm (@calm) June 2, 2021