More and more athletes are discussing their mental health struggles, with Christian Pulisic the latest.
The Chelsea footballer follows the likes of Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles in revealing that he has had some struggles when it comes to performing at the top level of professional sport.
“This has been a tough time for a lot of people, me included,” he said as part of the ‘Mind Charity’ campaign.
“For me, the most important thing is having a good support system and people around me that I can always rely on and have a chat to. Personally, living alone in Europe has been tough at times. Having someone always there to talk to is extremely important for me, it’s what’s carried me through this time.
“When it’s all on you it can really feel like a lot. Personally, during this time, I reached out to a therapist and it’s not something anyone should be ashamed of.
“It’s something that can help talk about the way that you’re feeling. Sometimes just expressing how you feel to somebody else can help you so much. It’s something I’ve done personally and seen other people do. Getting it off your chest, speaking about it is something that can go a long way.”
“Getting stuff off your chest, speaking to your teammates and coaches about it. They’re also people who deal with similar things so when you have that conversation it clears your head a lot and feel a lot more free once you’re playing.”