Ohio State Basketball player D.J. Carton made a public announcement at the end of January about taking time off for mental health reasons. His decision to be transparent about the reason for taking time off is important and should help others who are suffering from a mental health concern to not feel that they have to hide about their struggle. Carton’s statement is below:
“After talking to my family, teammates and coaches I have decided it is best at this time to temporarily step away from the Ohio State basketball program,” Carton wrote. “In making this decision I felt it was important to be transparent as to why I’m taking this break. I have been suffering with mental health issues for a couple years. I have been through a lot. I’m disappointed to say I’m not 100% right now.
“I am not doing my teammates justice if I don’t work on this now. I am doing everything in my power to strengthen my mental health. I will fight for my team and Buckeye Nation and I will come back stronger! If you are going through mental health issues, I have learned through this you are loved and valued. Thank you for the continuous love and support Buckeye Nation. Please respect my decision and my privacy.”