I don't know if Ian is actually onto this site at all but even if he's not I would just like to just write this to express how I feel for his situation:
"Dear Ian (Thorpey as most of Australia and indeed the world would know you)
This site and all its so many wonderful members (all fellow sufferers) would just like to extend to you our strongest support and care to you.
For you to initially come forward and announce that you have been battling this debilitating illness and other issues for so long now was a monumental feat of strength and courage - considering of your stature in the community. To me, that is also the strength and courage that made you the world champion that you are ... oh that plus a hell of a lot of ability.
I was so pleased to read that when you were discovered in the early hours the other morning, a lady was there to not only be by your side to comfort you at that time, but also was kind enough to arrange for appropriate help to come along.
You've delivered so much pride and joy to so many millions of Australians during your phenomenal swimming career, both in and out of the pool - always displaying conduct of an absolute champion, professional and true role model to thousands upon thousands of people - and without doubt, the little tackers who would be doing lap after lap wanting to try to be like you.
But now is your time for trying to deal with your demons that have been plaguing you for so long. Right now (more than ever in your life - always dominated by media and the press, etc) I bet you wished that you were just someone like "Joe Citizen" who has presented with all the symptoms of someone struggling and dealing with awful effects that mental illness thrusts upon individuals.
I bet you wish that you could be anonymous to the public so you could deal with this the best way you can. The way that we all do ourselves on a daily basis. And with saying that Ian, I hope that the media, the press, TV, etc etc, you name it, all of them, please give you a wide berth over the next period of time to let you try and deal with all that you're facing.
Surely with what you've done for Australia, surely those who have the appropriate power in the media circles can exercise some plain old common courtesy to let you deal with this and not be hounded.
I know you have the absolute 100% backing and total support of all of the members of Beyond Blue behind you and I'll finish this off by just saying:
"We're thinking of you Thorpey ... and we hope that can beat these demons like you beat all those world records that were put before you".