Opals star and popular personality Liz Cambage recently opened up about her battle with metal illness, and how it particularly affected her last year during her time playing for the Zheijang Chouzhou/Shanghai Golden Bulls.
Cambage, 24, who will soon representing Australia on the court in Rio, says that dealing with depression has been an challenge for her since she was young.
“I’ve juggled it since I was a teenager, and had a few mental issues here and there,” Cambage told The Herald Sun.
“Last year I had depression again and I really, really struggled in China."
Cambage says that mental health is a difficult subject to open up to others about - not even to her friends or her mum.
“You get so used to being told, ‘Oh, you look tired today’, and it’s like ‘Yeah, I am tired, because I literally couldn’t get myself out of bed today; I couldn’t sleep last night’."
“You get so used to being told, ‘Oh, you look tired today’, and it’s like ‘Yeah, I am tired, because I literally couldn’t get myself out of bed today; I couldn’t sleep last night’.
“I think there’s definitely a stigma with mental health.
“I think we need to normalise not being OK, because everyone goes through their tough times.”
Cambage told The Herald Sun that has been seeing a psychologist over the past few years, which had helped her.
“To be an elite athlete is really hard when you’re depressed,” Cambage said.
“My main goal for the past couple of years has been just to push myself and get through to the Olympics,” Cambage said.
But after the Games, Cambage said that she will take a break “and try to figure everything out’’.
With such a large fan base, it's unsurprising that Cambage has received many supportive messages: