In this video Suki talks about his struggle, how he got there, the pressures of an athlete / public figure associated with health and fitness to be suffering with mental health problems that adversely affected his fitness.
Suki talks openly and honestly about overcoming his depression and anxiety and
Depression and anxiety affects so many and unbeknownst to many is very prevalent in sports.
With 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health problems each year athletes can be particularly prone to depression, anxiety, panic and eating disorders due to the huge amount of pressure they put themselves under in a competitive environment with a high number sports directly focused on aesthetics and nutrition.
Athlete's in the public eye and those with a 'responsibility' to advocate a healthy lifestyle and advise others often find it increasingly difficult to admit to experiencing mental health issues let alone reach out to others. A point which Suki elaborates on very well in this video.
Suki's advice in the video is to not leave it too late and to talk to somebody once you have realised that things have changed and the way you feel isn't right. For those who do want to reach out to family and friends there are a number of organisations that can help if you want to go for counselling, therapy and group sessions.
As well as visiting your GP, there are a number of charities there to help, even if you are not ready to talk each website has tons of information about how you are feeling and how to get started making a change.
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0300 123 3393
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0300 5000 927
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