Hey, are you OK? Opening a dialogue about mental health with loved ones

It can be difficult to talk about anxiety and depression, but a Northern Virginia physiatrist believes tennis player Naomi Osaka leaving the French Open to tend to her mental health sends a strong positive message that it’s OK to ask for help.

“Remembering that even very, very powerful, successful athletes, role models, people in positions of power are sometimes struggling with mental health just as much as the average person sometimes can help people to be more willing to seek help,” Dr. Lauren Grawert, a psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente in Falls Church, said.

She applauds Osaka for choosing to go public.

“We can never do enough to emphasize the importance of talking about mental health,” Grawert said.

Read the full article on WTOP News here. 

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