World news – AU – « I cry »: viewers rally around Mitch Johnson


Viewers rallied around Australian fast pitcher Mitchell Johnson after revealing he has suffered from depression since retiring from cricket during last night’s episode of SAS Australia

The 38-year-old faced one of SAS Chief Instructor Ant Middleton’s infamous interrogation sessions on the show where he opened up about his battle for mental health

Beaten, bruised and holding back tears, Johnson recounted how he had struggled to find a ‘goal’ since retiring from cricket in 2015

« I found out I was depressed, but I think depression was something I had even from a young age, » Johnson said

« Cricket kind of blocked things in a way, it kind of hid the depression, but there were a lot of times you would go back to your room, you are away from your family and you start lingering « 

Johnson said after cricket his focus was on ‘going forward’ and keeping his mind busy

« (I take) it upon myself to be active with certain things to keep my mind in shape, » Johnson said

« I find it hard to be confident at times and I just think I’m in this transition now where I haven’t been cricket for about two years

« I didn’t like being a professional cricketer and guess people look at me and judge me. I just took it all personally »

Johnson once told The West Australian that he quit taking his ADHD and depression medication to appear on the Channel 7 reality show, which he admits he « didn’t. » probably shouldn’t have done « 

He prepared for the grueling diet by training with former Special Forces soldiers at Mill Gym in Fremantle

« I thought, go see the best guys you can, so physically I was feeling pretty good – but nothing can prepare you for psychological challenges, » he said.

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World news – AU – « I’m crying »: viewers rally around Mitch Johnson


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