A leading mental health charity has expressed concern that elite sports stars are failing to get help for mental health issues due to fear of what people might think.
In a new report commissioned by Mind, athletes are considered to be at particular risk from severe anxiety and stress, yet are not receiving enough support to feel confident seeking help.
In recent years a number of successful sportspeople have taken their lives – including Wales football manager, Gary Speed who died in 2011 – and it is believed many crumble under the pressure of such an intense career.
Often athletes find their whole livelihood, self-esteem and sense of worth depends on their success as a sportsperson, and when their career ends it can be an incredibly hard adjustment.
Former QPR footballer, Clarke Carlisle attempted suicide aged 21 when a knee injury threatened to end his career.
Speaking to the BBC he explained the pressure sportspeople face:
“The margins between success and failure…