‘This Is Me’ (Part 8).

16 11 2012

The Truth, publically announcing depression and thoughts of suicide…

Now that Ian has released his book, it’s almost like he’s been given therapy and managed to close a chapter of his past even though he still has his ups and downs. He began writing a book about his return to swimming but it became a more personal book of his life and about his struggle with depression, sexuality rumours and a confession and realisation that had been struggling from a young age and throughout his career. I believe this book has been the outlet Ian needed and he hopes to help others who suffer from depression, drink abuse and suicidal thoughts in his open approach which his book has already helped people. (See the tweets below).

Michael Jordan‏@mick_jordan_

@ianthorpe Just finished This Is Me.Grateful for your open telling of your story.Helped me make some sense of my problems with depression.

Retweeted by Ian Thorpe
Insite Psychology‏@InsitePsych@IanThorpeas a mental health professional, thank you for bringing depression into the open for elite athletes, you are an inspiration.

Retweeted by Ian Thorpe





Swimming Legend The ‘Thorpedo’ Talks Depression & Troubles (Part 1).

13 10 2012

Ian Thorpe (The Thorpedo) Australians five-time Olympic champion has revealed thoughts of suicide and depression through his record breaking career.

Thorpe has only opened up to his family this year announcing that he had the disease from a young age and throughout his career as an elite swimming athlete. He has learnt to control the problem enough to speak publically and has an autobiography ‘This Is Me’.

12th October

So where did it go wrong…

11 World titles,

Five-time gold Olympic Champion,

A glittering career,

Australia’s greatest athlete and most recognised sports people.

Or…

Rumours about his sexuality,

Drinking to avoid demons,

Unsuccessful attempt to qualify for London 2012 after coming out of retirement in 2010.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/swimming/19935433