In response to criticism of the cricketer Jonathan Trott today, over his revelation that he was ‘burnt out’ but not depressed when he left the England Ashes tour in November, Mark Winstanley, CEO of the charity Rethink Mental Illness said:
“Much of the debate around Jonathan Trott’s departure is based on the assumption that there is a clear dividing line between people with mental health problems and everyone else, when the reality is much more complex. We all have mental health, in the same way we all have physical health and they will both fluctuate over time.
“Whether or not Trott has a diagnosable mental health problem is beside the point, his mental health was clearly suffering at the time and if he hadn’t taken action, he may well have gone on to develop more serious problems. To admit to struggling with your mental health is not a weakness but an act of strength, which should be encouraged.”
For more information, contact Rachel Hobbs, Media Manager for Rethink Mental Illness Rachel.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 840 3138
Notes to editors
Rethink Mental Illness is a charity that believes a better life is possible for people affected by mental illness. Since 1972 we have brought people together to support each other. We run services and support groups that change people’s lives and challenge attitudes about mental illness. We support almost 60,000 people every year across England to get through crises, live independently and realise they are not alone. We give information and advice to 500,000 more and change policy for millions. For more information go to www.rethink.org