The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - REAL LIFE -

In the years lead­ing up to and fol­low­ing his gold medal-win­ning dive at the 2008 Bei­jing Olympics, Mitcham suf­fered “pro­found de­pres­sion” that led to self-harm­ing, binge drink­ing and drug abuse, but he ini­tially kept it to him­self, not seek­ing help due to the shame he felt. “Even if you have the world at your feet, you can still suf­fer. I had no rea­son to feel the way I did and that com­pounded the de­pres­sion”, he says, adding that for any­one go­ing through the same things, the best path is to share your story. “Reach­ing out should be a first re­sort and not a last re­sort.”

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