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WNBA Player Liz Cambage Discusses Her Battle with Mental Health

27-year-old Aces basketball player, Liz Cambage, has been struggling with depression and anxiety for half her life and she is opening up about it to The Player’s Tribune. At the young age of 15, she was blacking out from drinking and even waking up after a weekend of partying, with an IV in her arm, and no recollection of what happened. She even tried to get sober at 18. She recently missed two basketball games in Las Vegas last week where the “reason” for her not playing was that she needed rest. What it should’ve said, says Cambage, was that it was due to mental health. Mental health issues have really impacted her ability to perform.

There were nights where she cried her eyes out for hours; dealing with negative thoughts. She was put on suicide watch in 2016. She would have panic attacks on the airplane and even in the hallways after a game. Liz is open about the fact that she takes medication for anxiety and depression. “My meds just make me feel like a healthier and freer version of myself,” Cambage says.

Mental Health Policies in the NBA

The NBA recently set a mental health policy that requires one mental health professional to be on call for all the teams “as well as mandating that each organization identifies a licensed psychiatrist available to help manage any mental health concerns for players.” While Liz is happy that policy is implemented, she wonders why the WNBA does not have a program like this. She goes on to say, “It’s disappointing to me that we’re praising anyone for ‘progress,’ when so many women are being excluded from it…” Liz is calling for the absence in a game due to mental health to be a legitimate reason.

Mental health should be something that everyone has access to. It should be at schools, in the workplace, sports, etc. It’s great that the NBA is making strides and we hope that the WNBA will follow. We are so proud of Liz Cambage on being so outspoken about her mental health struggles with depression and anxiety.

It may be easier to find mental health resources when you’re famous, but the reality is that not everyone has easy access. There is help and there is hope! Mental health treatment can help anyone who is facing depression, thoughts of suicide, etc.

If you are struggling with mental health issues, know that there is help available. Our team at Banyan Mental Health can help get you on the right path and guide you to a better tomorrow. Please call 888-966-9413.

Ilana Mekler
Ilana Mekler
Ilana was born in Valhalla, New York and lived the first 11 years of her life in New Rochelle, NY before relocating to Boca Raton, FL. While she’s not in recovery, being in the addiction field, currently, has opened her eyes and her mind to addiction and truly see why this field is so important. Ilana received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication studies from Florida Gulf Coast University and has a background in social media with experience in writing. As the social media specialist here at Banyan, she’s passionate about what she does because it allows her to experience what goes on behind the scenes in social media and being able to connect with others. Her favorite part of her job is knowing that in some way, she’s giving others the platform to reach out to get help for their own struggles.

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