In December, Beyond Blue announced Olympic swimmers Leisel Jones, Daniel Kowalski, and Libby Trickett as its newest Ambassadors.
They join dozens of other high-profile Australians as Beyond Blue Ambassadors speaking publicly about their mental health issues.
With 19 Olympic medals between them, the three athletes found enormous success in the pool, but all also had periods of time where they struggled with their mental health.
While training overseas in 2011, Leisel Jones noticed she was feeling really down, and things eventually got to a point where she tried to take her own life.
“I felt something was amiss, my mind felt cloudy and foggy and I had trouble remembering people’s names,” she said.
“I felt teary and fearful and I didn’t know why. It didn’t feel like there was a light at the end of the tunnel.”
Leisel’s coach and sports psychologist both played a vital role in her recovery, supporting her while she worked on her mental and physical health.
“All it took was for one day to say that I really wasn’t OK and I found a helping hand who would look into the darkness with me … I started to feel like the old me again.
“I became a Beyond Blue Ambassador to share my story with others. I want to show people that depression is not all doom and gloom and that help is right there if you want it. You just have to take the first step and get help.”
In their new roles, the three Ambassadors will be talking openly about their personal experiences, providing messages of hope and encouraging others to reach out.
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