CBS Sports “MINDSET”
Recognizes Mental Health Action Day. Mental Health is Health.
A championship mindset begins with being mentally well. Elite athletes across different sports fully understand that mental health is health, and CBS Sports is highlighting their mental health journeys throughout Mental Health Awareness Month.
USWNT/NWSL Forward (OL Reign)
As one of the leading athlete activists in the modern era, Megan Rapinoe has added mental wellness to her long list of causes. The two-time World Cup champion and National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) star is using her platform to push for more access to life-saving resources, particularly for marginalized groups. For Rapinoe, ending the stigma around mental health is intrinsically linked to giving people the tools to heal.
NFL Defensive Tackle (New York Jets)
After losing his sister to suicide in 2018, Solomon Thomas turned his pain into purpose. The No.3 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft is one of the league’s most prominent mental health advocates, working to normalize healing in the locker room and beyond. In 2021, Solomon launched The Defensive Line, a foundation dedicated to ending the epidemic of youth suicide, especially for young people of color.
WNBA Guard (Connecticut Sun)
When you watch Courtney Williams with a basketball in her hands, it’s difficult to miss her smile; the sheer joy she plays with every game. This happiness was hard-fought, harnessed through a mental health journey full of trials and triumphs. One of the WNBA’s premier bucket-getters reveals the tools she uses to stay mentally well, and offers her encouragement to anyone navigating their journey to wellness.
Professional Bull Riders (#9 Rank)
As one of the top professional bull riders in the world, Eli Vastbinder has had a whirlwind year. From suffering broken ribs and a separated shoulder, to the premature birth of his twin girls, the reigning PBR Rookie of the Year experienced mental health challenges like never before. Getting back to “normal” took him down a path that has transformed him into a mental health advocate with an incredible story of resilience.