ENG vs SA 2nd Test: Joe Root praises Ben Stokes for being open about mental health
ENG vs SA 2nd Test: Former captain Joe Root stated on Tuesday that England test captain Ben Stokes set an excellent example and displayed outstanding leadership by being candid about his difficulties with mental health.
After returning after a six-month vacation to concentrate on his well-being, Stokes continued the conversation on mental health by revealing that he was still taking his anxiety medication.
He previously stated on Tuesday that he had also worried that after taking a hiatus last year, he might not play again.
“It’s quite powerful for people to see sometimes it’s OK not to be OK,” Root told the BBC.
“It shows great leadership to put yourself out there and also express some of the difficulties he’s gone through.”
Root hopes that Stokes’ courage will inspire others to have the guts to seek mental health care.
“It’s very brave to lay himself as bare as he has done,” Root added.
“It’s very powerful for anyone watching to see someone who at times looks superhuman and also can do things that other players can’t do.”