Anna Glenn – Destigmatizing Mental Health
0:50 – Falling in love with gymnastics in elementary/middle school – “Gymnastics became a part of my identity.”
3:20 – Anna committed to attend UCLA when she was in 9th grade
5:10 – Importance of having other things to focus on, not just gymnastics
7:10 – You really need your mentality to be strong and you really need to be sharp in terms of being able to succeed in sport.
7:50 – How to stay engaged without being able to do your skills
8:35 – Sitting out her first season, Anna struggles with depression
Getting out of the dark space and into the light was really important to me.
10:00 – “My sister was my advocate.”
10:30 – Anna works with a therapist and trainer for support
The insane support that I had at UCLA was vital to my success later on.
12:45 – Mental game was holding her back
13:30 – The adversity Anna faced set me up for success. “I had to hit a low point in order to get to that high point.”
14:50 – “I felt invincible!”
16:20 – Everyone struggles, but not everyone shares it
17:30 – Special connection with her coach – felt comfortable being vulnerable
It was important for me to stand my ground. I have full control over my body. I have full control over what I feel like is best for me, so I’m going to make sure that’s what ends up happening.
19:00 – Your coaches are there to motivate you
20:00 – Training with Ms. Val and learning her legacy
21:00 – Tough love and support for her mental health campaign
22:20 – The Mission of the Bruin Brave Campaign – Destigimatize mental health within the athlete community
Mental health is a silent epidemic that needs to be addressed.
24:55 – Treat your mind like you treat your body
28:00 – Providing support for your athlete
29:00 – Finding balance
30:45 – Be openminded. We’re in a changing world, things are going to be shifting – it’s important to shift your mindset with it