Why aren’t women of colour believed when they address mental health issues?

Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka has announced that she is withdrawing from the French Open after being fined for declining to speak to the press during the tournament.

The four-time grand slam champion cited mental health struggles – namely anxiety and depression – for why she chose not to do media interviews and her subsequent withdrawal.

‘I would never trivialize mental health or use the term lightly,’ wrote Naomi. ‘The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that.’

‘I am not a natural public speaker and I get huge waves of anxiety before I speak to the world’s media.’

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