Snooker star Mark Selby has praised my mental health charity MIND for opening up about the struggles
Snooker star and reigning world champion Mark Selby has been praised by mental health charity MIND for speaking publicly about his mental health struggles.
World number 1 Mark Selby has been praised by leading mental health charity MIND for his courage to speak publicly about his current struggles.
Reigning and four-time world champion Selby, 38, is one of the greatest snooker players of all time, having won a total of 20 ranking titles and three masters crowns.
The popular Leicester player revealed a year ago that he was suffering from severe depression.
And over the weekend, after losing heavily at the Masters on Friday night, he admitted: “Mentally, I’m not in a good position right now.
“I had a relapse and trying to contain it and look good is not the answer. I promise I will get help and become a better person.”
Selby overcame many obstacles in her life and career to reach the top of her sport.
And he has already spoken of his mother who left home when he was very young and his beloved father David who died when he was just 16.
Yesterday, in another candid admission, he added: “I can honestly say all the games I’ve won as a professional, the biggest game I’ve overcome was on Saturday talking and finally admitting that I need help.
“Bottle it for years is not the way to go. Finally, I feel a huge weight lift off my shoulders.
“I feel that I no longer need to hide behind the mask. Those who have lived through it or are going through it can relate to it.”
Hayley Jarvis, head of sport at MIND, says high profile sports celebrities who publicly ask for help and encourage others to do the same are a key factor in removing any stigma.
She said: “It’s a testament to how far we’ve come in opening up the conversation about mental health that more and more people in the sports world feel comfortable speaking publicly about their own experiences.
“It’s really positive that a top sports professional like Mark Selby has opened up about his mental health.
“We believe sport can play a huge role in reducing stigma and encouraging a positive conversation about mental health, from grassroots to elite level.
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“Mind’s research found that a quarter of people said hearing a celebrity speak openly about their own mental health directly prompted them to seek help for themselves.
“By sharing his story, Mark shows that having a mental health issue can happen to anyone, in any career or level of achievement.”