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Drew Robinson shares important mental health advice for struggling athletes

Robinson’s advice to athletes dealing with mental illness originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Drew Robinson is doing his part in trying to lift the stigma surrounding an athlete’s mental health.

Speaking with NBC Sports Bay Area’s Carlos Ramírez, Robinson explained how just talking about what could be on an athlete’s mind could pay dividends in improving that athlete’s mental well-being.

“Start doing something and not attach so much expectation to it or meaning to it,” Robinson said to Ramírez. “I think something that I look back on and try to put into words for myself is that I was thinking that something small in the earlier parts of the day would have no attachment to baseball performance.

“So I think starting the process, not attaching so much meaning or fixing mentality to it that you’re not gonna get fixed overnight or you’re not going to have the problems go away by doing X, Y, Z initially, but just starting the process and being consistent to it.”

Robinson noted initially, he was hesitant to seek help because of the stigma that would be placed on him such as being called the “emotional guy” or the “depression guy” for getting in touch with his emotions and feelings.

However, once he started speaking out about his mental health issues, Robinson found that fans were more accepting of what he was going through than he had anticipated.

“But the exact opposite has happened since I’ve kind of been public about my challenges at times,” he continued. “Because the reality is that we’re all feeling very similar things just from completely different external circumstances.”

Mental illness has become more of a talking point and rightly so.

In 2022, 19.86 percent of American adults experienced some sort of mental illness in 2022, per Mental Health

Drew Robinson shares important mental health advice for struggling athletes

Drew Robinson is doing his part in trying to lift the stigma surrounding an athlete’s mental health.

Speaking with NBC Sports Bay Area’s Carlos Ramírez, Robinson explained how just talking about what could be on an athlete’s mind could pay dividends in improving that athlete’s mental well-being. 

“Start doing something and not attach so much expectation to it or meaning to it,” Robinson said to Ramírez. “I think something that I look back on and try to put into words for myself is that I was thinking that something small in the earlier parts of the day would have no attachment to baseball performance.

“So I think starting the process, not attaching so much meaning or fixing mentality to it that you’re not gonna get fixed overnight or you’re not going to have the problems go away by doing X, Y, Z initially, but just starting the process and being consistent to it.”

Robinson noted initially, he was hesitant to seek help because of the stigma that would be placed on him such as being called the “emotional guy” or the “depression guy” for getting in touch with his emotions and feelings. 

However, once he started speaking out about his mental health issues, Robinson found that fans were more accepting of what he was going through than he had anticipated. 

“But the exact opposite has happened since I’ve kind of been public about my challenges at times,” he continued. “Because the reality is that we’re all feeling very similar things just from completely different external circumstances.”

 

Mental illness has become more of a talking point and rightly so. 

In 2022, 19.86 percent of American adults experienced some sort of mental illness in 2022, per Mental Health America. That is almost 50 million people dealing with a mental illness at any

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