The memory of Blanca and the importance of mental health

This afternoon the documentary was presented at the Albéniz Theater in Madrid ‘Trip. The Mental Health Medal’. With the collaboration of RTVE and Renfe, Lola, sister of Blanca Fernández Ochoa, and president of the Blanca Foundation, has wanted the tragedy suffered by the Olympic medalist in 2019 to serve, at least, to help other athletes. The youngest of one of the most important families in Spanish sports wanted to get something nice out. An apprenticeship of what her sister suffered. “With this tragedy that we have suffered what We have tried to turn it around, get something nice”said Lola, in the moments before a premiere to which The President of the Senate, Ander Gil, and the Minister of Culture and Sports, Miquel Iceta, attended.

With testimonials from great athletes and former athletes such as Almudena Cid, Toni Nadal, Carlos Sainz, Regino Hernández, Edurne Pasabán, María Corbera, Sara Hurtado and Eva Moral, among many others, as well as collaboration with experts in mental health, such as the sports psychologist Toñi Martos, or the communicators Pedro García Aguado (Olympic medalist in water polo) and Paloma del Río, the Fundación Blanca wanted to show the importance of mental health, especially in sport. A very sensitive subject in the field, and that, generally, suffer in silence

A Foundation that helps the elite athlete, not only in his career, but also thinking about his retirement. “There are great athletes who have had very difficult mental health problems and have had to ask for help. What we want is for their messages to reach society, for them to see that the big idols also have problems and that nothing happens. That there is a solution, the thing is to ask for help”, affirmed Lola.

Blanca stood out at the age of 13. All her surroundings were girls aged 18 and over. Her sister remembers the times when they shared a room and the Olympian excitedly woke her up to go train. However, she also remembers with sadness, the days when she White, she didn’t know why, she had no strength at all. His family didn’t understand him. They did not understand the reason for these changes in attitude, which oscillated in 24 hours. They thought she was “a weird girl.” But there came a day when everything changed, and they began to understand what was happening. Blanca suffered from bipolarity. This was beginning to justify his abrupt changes. And suddenly, it came. The day came when the athlete couldn’t take it anymore, she didn’t know how to manage her emotions, and In 2019, after four days missing, they found her lifeless body.

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Success is a beautiful thing. A moment that everyone wants to experience and/or achieve, but after this come other moments that you have to know how to face. The absolute planning carried out by sports professionals, It leads them to consider at the end of their career ‘what now?’. “Success is beautiful, yes, I take advantage of every second, but I know that it is a moment, and that another will come later,” reviewed the karate fighter Sandra Sánchez.

The IThe importance of knowing the limits is important. Toñi Martos affirmed that “the athlete’s environment is the one that needs the most awareness”. Defeat should not be considered as a failure, but as a lesson. “I didn’t see defeats as something bad, but something marked me where I wasn’t good enough,” Toni Nadal declares in the documentary.

With this, the objective of the Blanca Foundation, and especially of Lola Fernández, is to show a message that serves society, helps. The importance of mental health and know how to ask for help at the right time, but also have this support throughout the professional path.

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