Normalizing mental illness, reducing stigma, and the importance of self-care take a giant step forward during the Olympics.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games have been fraught with a tale of 2 emotions: pure elation and disappointment. However, in my mind, the theme of mental health is the goal medalist that truly deserves recognition among all athletes competing in these games.
Here is some food for thought in the form a poem:
Mental health shines gold
on the Olympian stage
during all seasons
Dr Clark is clinical assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville and medical director & division chief for Adult Inpatient and Consult-Liaison Services for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Prisma Health-Upstate. He serves as the Diversity & Inclusion Section Editor and Advisory Board member for Psychiatric TimesTM.