Mental health can kill in more ways than what we can see. In businesses such as showbiz and sports, individuals are not only made to face immense professional pressure but their lives are constantly under the scanner as well. Victoria Pendleton, who bagged a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics before she retired, recently opened up about her mental health issues, in a conversation with The DailyTelegraph.
The former cyclist revealed that she had planned suicide, in the course when she was diagnosed with severe depression after she came home from a charity climb mission to Mt. Everest that didn't work out. “I had accumulated one-and-half times the dose of drugs to kill myself. And I had it there, in front of me, and I knew how much it would take. And how long I would have to be left for it definitely to work. It wasn’t even like I was really upset about it. I just felt numb," she said.
Victoria connected to Steve Peters, former cyclist psychiatrist for help and says she couldn't have dealt with it alone if there would be no Peters. She eventually embarked on a trip to France which was followed by another surfing trip to Costa Rica; and she came back feeling much, much better.
More power to you girl!