Globally Ranked Squash Player Amanda Sobhy Becomes Mindyra’s First Official Ambassador
Bryan Robertson | May 13, 2022 | News, Athletics & Mental Health
Champion Athlete Joins Mindyra to Empower Others Who Share Her Struggle with Mental Health
DARIEN, CT (May 9, 2022) – Digital behavioral health company Mindyra Health Corporation recently announced Amanda Sobhy, U.S. No. 1 and world No. 4 squash player, as its first official athlete ambassador. In this role, Sobhy will share more insight about her “private match” – a 10-year long battle against an eating disorder – in hopes of impacting people’s lives with the message that mental and physical struggles affect everyone.
“We as a society do not talk about these ‘taboo’ subjects enough,” said Sobhy. “If eating disorders are a common illness shared by so many, we should be normalizing the conversation around it.”
Before publicly detailing her struggles late last year, Sobhy had been silent about her story, like many others who are in this “match” alone. With the help of her mental health coach during squash tournaments, Sobhy gradually came to face the eating disorder that gripped her and re-trained her mind and body with healthier habits and thoughts. During the pandemic, she was able to take some time away from the stressful and often triggering tour life to focus on improving her mental health and brought her best self back to the court. Sobhy now hopes to utilize what she learned from her journey and bring those skills to the Mindyra community.
“Mindyra shares the same values and commitment to improving the mental health of people as I do,” said Sobhy. “Mental health diagnosis is an extremely difficult process as many keep their struggles to themselves. Mindyra is consistently working to address this problem and help those in need to better understand and address their issues, privately guiding them to the right level of support.”
Given her exceptional leadership role in squash in the U.S. and around the world, Sobhy will help spread Mindyra’s mission of improving mental health– at a time when approximately 50% of the current population is affected by mental health and substance use challenges. Her additional role as ambassador will include appearances at future Mindyra events.
“Amanda is an extremely strong individual both on and off the squash court,” said Mindyra CEO Bill Battey. “Her courage to share her story with the world is something we greatly admire. This type of open dialogue about such a personal issue can empower others and strengthen the sense of community for those suffering. Amanda’s approach aligns with our values and aspirations for bringing the right mental health diagnoses and support services to people across the country. We look forward to our ongoing partnership.”