Bianca Belair opens up about her past mental health struggles and going into a psychiatric hospital

During an interview with Ariel Helwani for, Bianca Belair talked about her mental health struggles during college and how her coach Vince Anderson took action…

“My freshman year, I just struggled so much mentally. I was struggling with an eating disorder secretly in high school, so when I got to college I told myself ‘okay I’m not going to do this anymore. I’m gonna be healthy.’ I just had a very unhealthy relationship with food.”

“I was put into a psychiatric hospital. It got that low… That’s when everyone found out. He [Anderson] was the one, once I got out, who said ‘you can’t come back.’ He made me go see a psychiatrist. He was like ‘you have to get yourself together mentally because that’s what is more important. He was the first person really that put my mental health above anything else. My parents, I was able to finally open up to my parents and be vulnerable to them and that was the one big major step to my recovery with everything. So, I could have stayed at Texas A & M but I decided that I needed to go home and rely on my family and really just start over.” (quotes courtesy of