During Covid, mental health has been the “big thing” but before that, mental health meant nothing to the media, NHS, or anything or anyone else.
I am concerned that more and more, the excuse for “failure” is due to the athletes’ “mental health”. These athletes go through much training and many competitions, most of this pre covid and they are used to it. They have been acclimatised to it for many years.
I am not for one moment dismissing mental health as I have suffered from it badly for many years but I fear that this mental health issue is now being used as a “get out of jail free card” for athletes.
There was a lady athlete from the US who pulled out because of mental health issues but she “managed” to do multiple media interviews and I am afraid to say that is not consistent with what she was supposed to be suffering from and, in my opinion, just does not wash
It is also strange that all of the athletes who have cited mental health issues for pulling out are women and I see a very worrying but deceitful trend