Olympic and Paralympic athletes are human. They’re not invincible people. They experience real depression and overwhelming challenges despite any level of success you may see on TV. Behind the scenes, there is a lot going on.
I have written very openly about my experiences with suicide. I experienced very dark moments in my life when I wanted to end it. I have written about it in my book and am quite comfortable speaking openly about it on stage.
Because I am so open, I find a lot of people confide in me because “I get it”.
I’d like to share a story with you about a time a fellow athlete came up to me with suicidal thoughts, and he didn’t “get it”. He thought he “had it”, but he didn’t.
Let me explain.