Former WTA star Jelana Dokic has become the latest tennis player to reveal her struggles with mental health, revealing she attempted to take her own life this year.
Dokic, who retired from playing in 2014 and is now a commentator for Channel Nine in Australia, opened up about her situation in a heartfelt Instagram post.
She says that seeking professional help ultimately saved her life and she sought to give others inspiration to confront their own problems.
“I almost took my own life,” Dokic wrote on Instagram. “Will never forget the day. Everything is blurry. Everything is dark.
"No tone, no picture, nothing makes sense … just tears, sadness, depression, anxiety and pain.
“The last six months have been tough. It’s been constant crying everywhere.
"From hiding in the bathroom when at work to wipe away my tears so that nobody sees it to the unstoppable crying at home within my four walls has been unbearable.
“Constant feelings of sadness and pain are just not going away and my life has been shattered. I blame myself, I don’t think I am worthy of loving and I am scared.
“I also know that I still have so many things to be grateful for and then I start to hate myself because by feeling this way I feel like I am not grateful because I mustn’t be since I want to end it all. Such a vicious cycle in my head.”
Jelena Dokic also spoke of the challenges she has faced in tackling her mental health struggles, stressing that she has found a key element is allowing yourself to feel down without shame.
“Some days are better than others and sometimes I take a step forward and then a step back but I’m fighting and I believe I can get through this,” she said.
“I believe in the following: it’s ok to feel what I am feeling. It’s ok to feel sad just keep fighting and come back. That’s what I am trying to do and that’s what keeps me going.
“Don’t be ashamed of what you are feeling. It’s ok to feel this way and you can come back from it. It’s possible, just keep believing.
“Love you all and here is to fighting and surviving to live and see another day. I will be back stronger than ever.”
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