Jo Konta on sports and mental health: It’s a great cause to get behind


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Jo Konta on sports and mental health: It’s a great cause to get behind

Johanna Konta recently backed the campaign that speaks about how sports impacts one’s mental health. In her video message, Konta said, “I heard of the wonderful challenge you are doing in June and I wish you the best of luck with it.

Honestly, it’s such a great cause to get behind, and I know you have personal experience with it, so it’s something that I’m super excited about”. Her message was for Ms Moore, who was assaulted while travelling abroad in the 1990s.

She told the Standard, “I was not in a good place, I was off work, I was really unwell, everything had built up… This is how PTSD can affect you. When something has happened the brain closes up and doesn’t want to deal with the trauma, so you just cover everything up.

And unfortunately your brain tries to protect you and then sooner or later it starts to crack. I became very, very unwell”. She further added, “Tennis does wonders for your wellbeing. It allows me to balance, to re-centre.

My message is purely to try and get anyone who is suffering from a mental health condition - or who is feeling alone, you can be in a crowded room and still feel alone - to try it”. With a meeting set with Ms Moore on Sunday, Cash said: “As someone who at one time suffered from bad depression, I am very impressed with Robyn and what she and Bright Ideas for Tennis is achieving. Looking forward to being part of the last day to hit the final shots”.