Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

Jelena Dokic (pictured) looks sad during her US Open press conference.

Jelena Dokic (pictured) shared this photo in a post to raise awareness about the day of mental health. (Photo: Instagram)

Former Aussie tennis star Jelena Dokic has taken to Instagram to help raise awareness of Mental Health Day with an eye-opening post about her struggles in the past.

Dokic, whose mental problems in the past are well documented, took to Instagram and posted a heartbreaking message about a time in her life where she struggled with depression and anxiety.

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The former tennis player posted a photo from the US Open in 2000 in which she suffered from depression and described the long-term effects her mental struggle had on her.

“This photo produces a lot of grief and pain and was taken during a period in my life where I was experiencing depression, anxiety and PTSD,” she wrote on Instagram.

“Only a few years later I almost ended my life. Today I am in such a different space.

“After going through many personal challenges and coming out on the other side, I know how important it is to check in on people around you.

“I know not everyone is as lucky to get through difficulties as I am.”

The photo, taken at the US Open 2000, was at her press conference after her father was removed from her player’s box after shouting and cursing during the match.

Dokic detailed her experiences with psychic struggles in her book Unbreakable, in 2017.

The Australian helped raise awareness of those suffering from mental health challenges on the day of mental health.

“That is why today it is so important to raise awareness globally about mental health issues and mental illness,” she added.

“It may not seem like a big deal, but for anyone facing mental health issues, it’s just a world that makes a difference.

“I know how important it is to check in with family, friends or someone who is struggling. I struggled tremendously and wished more people would have checked in on me.

“So please show support and be kind, because you never know what someone is going through and what battle they are fighting.”

Readers seeking support and information on suicide prevention can contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide callback service on 1300 659 467.

Jelena Dokic describes previous experiences

In 2017, Dokic’s biography titled ‘Unbreakable’ claimed an ongoing period of physical, verbal and emotional abuse from her father – who once allegedly threw Dokic out of the hotel room in London where they lived because she lost the Wimbledon semi-final in 2000.

Recently, Dokic made headlines for his emotional message about Ash Barty when she won her Wimbledon title.

Thus, Barty became the first Australian woman to win Wimbledon since her idol Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980.

And during the broadcast, Dokic took a moment and wanted to shout at Barty’s parents for the historic achievement.

“I just want to get it out before I fall apart,” she said. “Then give me 15 seconds.

Jelena Dokic (pictured right) shares a laugh with Donna Vekic (pictured left) during an interview at the Australian Open 2020.

Jelena Dokic (pictured right) interviews Donna Vekic (pictured left) at the Australian Open 2020. (Photo by Hannah Peters / Getty Images)

“I want to shout at her parents, of course Josie and Rob, because people underestimate the importance of the family. She talks about it all the time.

“And as someone who did not have that support, it is so important. This will be an example for parents in Australia and around the world, not just how to raise a master, but a truly wonderful human being.

“How to support them. You do not push them, you are there for them, and that is why she is there, so big shout to them, well done. ”

Dokic’s voice cracked as she delivered the emotional message, but in her honor, the 38-year-old managed to stay composed.

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