Real Stories

Did you know that mental illness affects one in four people?


Despite this, a lot of stigma surrounds mental illness, and hesitancy to be open and honest about mental health leads to the misconception that if you struggle, you’re the odd one out. For athletes, this can be even more pronounced an issue. In sports where you are expected to be at the top of your game, all the time, admitting that you are experiencing psychological challenges is tough. But if you are going through something - you’re not alone. Below, you can read stories from athletes across a range of abilities who have gone through difficulties with their mental wellbeing.

If you would like to share your story to be featured on Winning Minds, please get in touch. We would love to showcase real stories from sportspeople across all levels of sport.

In 2018 Danny Rose, professional footballer for Newcastle United, revealed he has had depression which he believed was triggered by a knee injury, coupled with family tragedies he had experienced.

Read more here.

Danny Rose, Footballer

Please note, this information is not intended to encourage people to self-diagnose. Please seek help from a medical professional if you feel that you need support with your mental health.

If you need urgent mental health support please contact Samaritans on 116 123. If your life is in danger, call 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E. There is no shame in asking for help.