OLYMPICS legend Derek Redmond says speaking out is the key to good mental health.
The retired sprinter won gold medals in the 4×400 metres relay at the World Championships and European Championships.
And he became iconic after his father supported him over the line at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in a now iconic sporting moment watched millions of times on YouTube.
Now a top motivational speaker, Redmond shared his tips as part of World Mental Health Day.
He told Champions (UK) Plc: “In terms of advice for anyone who may be struggling at the moment with things, there is no real secret, but to me there
are two things that will help.
“Firstly please, find someone to talk to; you will be surprised how much this could help.
“Secondly, try to surround yourself with positive people. This will not only help with your current situation but may also help you move forward to become a mentally stronger person.”
Redmond’s career-defining moment was to be at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, representing Team GB.
In the semi-final of the 400-meter sprint, shortly before the race’s halfway mark, he suddenly grimaced in pain and grabbed the back of his right thigh – his hamstring had torn. He crumpled to the track in pain and dismay, as the rest of the pack sprinted on.
Alone and in pain, Redmond did not let adversity win and heroically picked himself up and carried on with the 65,000 crowd all standing on their feet, cheering him on.
Redmond was then joined by his father who put his hands around his son whilst wavering stewards and officials away to ensure that his son finished the race, which they did together.
Derek added: “It’s not how you get knocked down that matters. It’s how you get back up again.”
Image of Derek Redmond shared under CC BY-SA 3.0