There is still a stigma surrounding mental illness in our society, and because of this, it’s sometimes difficult to ask for help. But that’s exactly what Libby Trickett, one of Australia’s most successful swimmers, did after suffering a bout of severe depression following her retirement in 2010.
She later returned to competitive swimming, having realised that she really missed the exercise and the cameraderie. And it was an extraordinary comeback – last month she won her fourth Olympic gold medal as part of the women’s 4×100 relay team at the London Olympic Games.
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