Ashlyn Harris, Football
To say that mental illness is an important topic to talk about is a massive understatement — we need to talk about it to chip away at the attached stigma. And when you're a professional athlete both in the public eye and under immense pressure, it's especially imperative to keep an open dialogue. After all, these athletes are human beings, too. They just happen to have platforms that reach a greater audience. They can discuss their own struggles and, by doing so, shed light on the experiences of those who do not have as loud of a voice.
Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman and Simone Biles, football's Ashlyn Harris and Abby Wambach, basketball's Kevin Love, swimming legend Michael Phelps, and other successful athletes do speak out — and when they do, we should listen. Ahead, we've rounded up a list of athletes we commend for being candid about their experiences with mental illness. Just as Love has said in the past, mental illness doesn't discriminate; it can affect anyone.