In the interview, he says that people who are suffering from a mental illness should not be afraid to admit it. Over time, he says he realized that his depression was “an illness, not a weakness,” and stopped worrying about what people thought. Since coming forward he says that 9/10 days are good days for him, and he hopes his message can help others get to a similar place. In his keynotes, he uses examples from his daily life—and those of other famous athletes who have also battled mental illness—to paint a more complete picture of mental illness than is typically discussed in public. He uses humour and an upbeat rapport to show audiences that overcoming obstacles is possible no matter how bleak the circumstances, and that mental illness awareness is something that needs to be taken seriously.
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