Former professional footballer and boxer Leon McKenzie has opened up about his battle with mental illness, admitting ‘you don’t want to show weakness’ to the ‘old school set-up’ in the sporting world.
The 40-year-old, now a leading mental health advocate, revealed his thoughts about the state of mental health in sport in an exclusive interview with Struggles After The Whistle:
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Read – Leon McKenzie delves deeper into his own mental health struggles, and two leading organisations dedicated to helping improve mental health for sportspeople also share their thoughts
Listen – Finding sportspeople future employment can help improve mental health, as LAPS co-founder Rob Steed explains. Also hear from Leon McKenzie about his reluctance to speak out in the past.
Blog – Find out more about mental health in sport, as well as exclusive interviews with key people involved in raising awareness