This Olympian Pictured Herself In A Body Bag As Depression Took Hold

Australia’s Olympic champion has opened up about her struggles with mental health.

Promoting her new book, Jones the struggles many competitive athletes have with their mental health, and her own surprise at being swallowed up by "the black cloud" of depression.

Promoting her new book, Jones the struggles many competitive athletes have with their mental health, and her own surprise at being swallowed up by "the black cloud" of depression.

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The Olympian said the incredible amount of internal and external pressure placed on high performance athletes goes some way to explaining high rates of mental health issues among Australian athletes.

"An Olympic silver medallist just isn't good enough. You have to win Olympic gold. And that pressure comes from yourself," she said. "You just get so caught up in it. It's almost like you're caught up in a black cloud… it consumes you. You get stuck in this whole environment where you're stuck in your head and you can't get out of it," she said.

"It was all swimming. It was such a black cloud that I had to get out of it.

"I wanted to go into full depth because I wanted people to realise that it can be really dark and I wanted people to feel like they weren’t alone, that sportspeople go through these things," she said.

"I wanted to go into full depth because I wanted people to realise that it can be really dark and I wanted people to feel like they weren’t alone, that sportspeople go through these things," she said.

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