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Leisel Jones recalls how a knock at the door saved her life after breaking down in Spain

Liesel Jones (pictured after breaking the 100m breaststroke world record in Barcelona, ​​2003) opened up about his own mental health struggles for the day RU Ok

Leisel Jones reveals how a knock on the door saved his life in Spain: ‘I felt like this big cloud was around my head’

  • A champion Australian swimmer has opened up about her battle with mental health
  • Liesel Jones has opened up about the time she nearly committed suicide in Spain
  • The decorated Olympian spoke out again on the difficult subject for the RU Ok day
  • People in crisis are urged to seek help on Australia’s free helpline, Lifeline 13 11 14

Former Olympic champion Liesel Jones has told how she nearly took her own life towards the end of her illustrious swimming career – as Australians are told to reach out on RU Ok Day.

On Thursday, the decorated athlete told her radio co-hosts of the swim team’s idyllic 2011 trip where she lay in her hotel room with a box full of sleeping pills and a mind pounding with doubt self-paralyzing and suicidal thoughts.

Jones’ co-hosts on Triple M’s Rush Hour asked if she had been “deadly suicidal” as she revealed she never thought she would suffer from mental health issues.

Liesel Jones (pictured after breaking the 100m breaststroke world record in Barcelona, ​​2003) opened up about his own mental health struggles for the day RU Ok

Liesel Jones (pictured after breaking the 100m breaststroke world record in Barcelona, ​​2003) opened up about his own mental health struggles for the day RU Ok

“I had a very good childhood, my upbringing was amazing, I traveled the world swimming, winning and competing and I had the best friends. But I was not immune to falling into a hole of not knowing where I was going to go next’

Jones was contemplating early retirement and told listeners that her young self was struggling with overwhelming thoughts of the future and achieving everything she had set her mind to.

“I couldn’t see anything good, every day was such a struggle that I ended up crying. I felt like this really heavy cloud was around my head,” she said.

Jones (pictured speaking to the media) has been open about her mental health and body image struggles since the end of her swimming career

Jones (pictured speaking to the media) has been open about her mental health and body image struggles since the end of her swimming career

Jones said her training trip felt like anything but a getaway – as she contemplated suicide while sitting in a Spanish bathroom with a large supply of sleeping pills.

“We were doing altitude training in Spain, which sounds really glamorous, it was snowing, it was the most beautiful place, but it was hell for me.

“It just got to the point where I was just sitting on the bathroom floor and I just couldn’t think of anything but leaving, to be really blunt, in a body bag.”

Jones (pictured with a silver medal at the FINA Championships in 2003) has won nine Olympic medals, 10 Commonwealth Games gold medals and 23 national titles

Jones (pictured with a silver medal at the FINA Championships in 2003) has won nine Olympic medals, 10 Commonwealth Games gold medals and 23 national titles

But her coach at the time and current Swimming Australia head coach Rohan Taylor cut her off and took her to get the help she desperately needed.

“I don’t know what it was – whether divine intervention or someone sent it or whatever – but to (Mr Taylor) knock on the door at the exact moment and get me out of that place was simply amazing,

“I’m so grateful every day to have someone like Rohan Taylor, my coach,” she said.

Jones has won 14 individual world records, nine Olympic medals, 10 Commonwealth Games gold medals and 23 national titles during his career.

Anyone struggling with their mental health is urged to call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Jones told Triple M's Rush Hour, which she hosts, (pictured) that she was grateful to Rohan Taylor who walked into her room when she was down on the bathroom floor and was considering getting herself commit suicide

Jones told Triple M’s Rush Hour, which she hosts, (pictured) that she was grateful to Rohan Taylor who walked into her room when she was down on the bathroom floor and was considering getting herself commit suicide

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