Kyrgios opens up on ‘suicidal thoughts’ and drug abuse in powerful statement

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has bravely opened up on his ‘suicidal thoughts’ and drug abuse in a statement that details his struggles away from the court.

Kyrgios spoke openly about his battle with mental health problems via a heartbreaking post published on his social media channels.

The Aussie star has often been regarded as one of tennis’ ‘bad boys’ following antics that have taken place both on and off the court.

However, Kyrgios found himself in the headlines for all the right reasons last month after he secured his maiden Grand Slam crown by winning the men’s doubles Australian Open title alongside Thanasi Kokkinakis.

A month on from his Grand Slam crowning, Kyrgios has bravely opened up on his struggles in the past, via a moving social media statement on Thursday morning.

He wrote: “This was me three years ago at the Australian Open. Most would assume I was doing OK mentally or enjoying my life… It was one of my darkest periods.”

Kyrgios went on to detail he had self-harmed as well admitting both drug and alcohol abuse caused by his depression.

He added: "If you look closely, on my right arm, you can see my self harm. I was having suicidal thoughts and was literally struggling to get out of bed, let alone play in front of millions.

"I was lonely, depressed, negative, abusing alcohol, drugs, pushed away family and friends. I felt as if I couldn't talk to or trust anyone.

"This was a result of not opening up and refusing to lean on my loved ones and simply just pushing myself little by little to be positive.”

The Australian went on to add reassurance to any of his followers reading the post who may suffer from similar problems that they are not alone, and can reach help.

"I know that day to day life can seem extremely exhausting, impossible at times,” Kyrgios continued.

"I understand that you feel if you open up, it may make you feel weak or scared. I'm telling you right now, it's OK. You are not alone.

Where to get mental health support in 2021

Samaritans : Phone 116 123, 24 hours a day, or email [email protected], in confidence

Platform 1 men's community group : Support for issues including mental health problems and addiction recovery. Visit the website or call 01484 421143.

Andy's Man Club : [email protected]

PAPYRUS : A voluntary organisation supporting suicidal teens and young adults. Phone 0800 068 4141

Mind : A charity offering support and advice for people with mental health problems.

Bullying UK : A website for both children and adults affected by bullying. Click here

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) : For young men who are feeling unhappy. There's a website and a helpline: 0800 58 58 58

MindOut: Provide support and advice on mental health for members of LGBTQ communities. Phone 01273 234839

"I've been through those times when it seemed as if those positive, energetic vibes were never ever going to be reality.

“Please, don't feel as if you are alone. If you feel as if you can't talk to anyone, I'm here. Reach out.I'm proud to say I've completely turned myself around and have a completely different outlook on everything.

"I don't take one moment for granted. I want you to be able to reach your full potential and smile. This life is beautiful."

Kyrgios received a whole host of support in the comments of his Instagram post, including from 15-time Grand Slam champ Dylan Alcott who wrote: “Big love brother. Beautiful post.”

The Samaritans is available 24/7 if you need to talk. You can contact them for free by calling 116 123, email [email protected] or head to the website to find your nearest branch. You matter.

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