In SummarySimone Biles has formed a partnership with Cerebral, a leading online mental health provider, to help expand resources and access to all things mental health in her newly landed role as Chief Impact Officer.
Simone Biles is known for being a good sport both on and off the high beam, and she’s now utilizing her celebrity status to help others by joining leading online mental health provider Cerebral as a Chief Impact Officer.
The duo hopes to reduce mental health stigma, boost help-seeking behavior and increase access to mental health resources, particularly in underprivileged communities, per a press release.
“Mental health is just as important as physical health, but for far too long the stigma of mental health has prevented too many people from seeking help,” said Biles. “I have my own challenges with mental health, and therapy has been very empowering for me as I try to be the best person that I can be. I believe everyone should have access to mental health resources and Cerebral gives me the ability to personalize my mental health care experience.”
In an announcement, Cerebral said they watched “with awe” as the worlds most decorated gymnast overcame an extreme version of the same difficulty we all face during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: caring for ourselves and doing our best for our mental health.
Biles, who is known for smoothly navigating herself around the floor, flying spectacularly off the vault and dropping jaws along the way, cited mental health for her decision to skip the women’s team gymnastics final during the event.
The 32-time Olympic and World Champion has spoken publicly about her struggles with ADHD and the foster care system, and is dedicated to making mental health a priority and expanding access to resources for all—especially because more than 50 million Americans report having a mental health problem, but only half of those seeking treatment.
Factors including cost and convenience are significant impediments to access, particularly for people who live in more rural locations or who do not have insurance coverage.
Kyle Robertson, Cerebral’s founder and CEO, praised the superstar for being an inspiration to children and adults all over the world, and for her courage in prioritizing mental health on a worldwide scale.
“We are extremely honored to partner with Simone to further raise awareness around today’s mental health challenges and help increase the availability of quality mental health resources to anyone who needs them, which is the mission that ultimately drives us,” he said, per the release.
Cerebral will also promote a holistic approach to athlete welfare for young aspiring athletes at the World Championship Centre and WCC Academy, in addition to serving as an official sponsor of the Gold Over America Tour and the 2022 Biles Invitational.