Tyson Fury knows exactly what it is to suffer from mental health issues, and he has delivered a powerful message as Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 begins.
‘The Gypsy King’ considered taking his own life during a near three-year absence from the ring after defeating Wladimir Klitschko to become world heavyweight champion in November 2015.
Fury mental health battle
Fury ballooned to more than 400lbs in weight as he fought those issues, before finally being able to turn his life around. The rest as they say is history – he is now heavyweight champion again but more importantly healthy again. He admits though that his battle is an ongoing one, one that will never disappear completely.
On Monday he took time out from preparing from his planned summer unification match with Anthony Joshua to record a video on social media, telling people with issues not to suffer in silence.
He said: “As we gear up for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, I thought I’d start with a little quote to say you’re not alone out there people, we are all in this together.
Do not suffer in silence.#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek pic.twitter.com/AIlxa1QGdw
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) May 10, 2021
“Do not be silent, do not suffer in silence. Reach out to somebody, whether it’s gonna be a friend, a family member, a doctor, anybody.
“The one thing I will say is, is the sooner you reach out to somebody, the sooner you seek help, the sooner can go back to being well again.
“I’ve been in your position, I’m still in your position, you are not alone. Remember that, you are not alone.”
Tyson a powerful ambassador
Fury has become a powerful ambassador on mental health issues, speaking openly about the problems he has suffered in the past. His daily workouts with wife Paris during the first COVID-19 lockdown helped keep the nation energised and positive.
‘The Gypsy King’ has talked about how important his family has been through everything. He and Paris are currently expecting their sixth child later this year.