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Libby Trickett - See the signs and ask for help

Four-time Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Libby Trickett has personal experience with mental health issues and is passionate about promoting positive mental health.

Libby shares her story to empower Queenslanders to recognise the signs of poor mental health and to ask for help.

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    As an Olympic swimmer my work was my body.

    I trained to keep my body healthy, strong and safe for competition.

    It wasn't until I stopped competing I realised I never spent enough time on my mental health.

    I felt isolated and alone.

    The irony as a swimmer, I was drowning.

    Drowning in my own thoughts, insecurities and anxiety.

    It wasn't until I spoke up and asked for help, that I could breath again.

    I have now transitioned to a corporate office and I face new pressures.

    Being aware of the signs I now take time for myself through meditation and exercise and I know to ask for help when I need it.

    While it made me better at my job, it was really about making me a better wife, mother and ultimately a better me.

    Tragically some workers don't ask for help until it's too late.

    If you are an employer I ask you to look for the signs and offer support.

    Because we all need to see the signs and ask for help.

    Authorised by the Queensland Government Brisbane. Spoken by Libby Trickett.

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RUNTIME: 1 min 20 secs