Olympian Raven Saunders Looks Toward Tokyo, With A Focus on Mental Health

In January 2020, Olympic shot putter Raven Saunders read a news article about Bryce Gowdy, a Black teenager from Deerfield Beach, Florida, who died by suicide.

He and his family had been living in a car as they endured financial difficulties, and the circumstances weighed on him, according to The Washington Post. Gowdy, 17, had been awarded a full scholarship to play football for Georgia Tech, where he was due to start classes a week after his death.

After reading Gowdy’s story, Saunders — a queer Black woman — felt compelled to share her own mental health journey.

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