Formula 1 | Mental health: Vettel no longer wants ‘hero worship’ in sport

Mental health: Vettel no longer wants (...)

Sebastian Vettel regrets that the subject of mental health is still taboo in professional sport. The Aston Martin F1 driver reveals in half a word that he himself went through difficult times mentally, and regrets that the image sent back from the athletes leans towards an infallible aspect.

« If I’ve learned anything, it’s that you’re never alone with the thoughts you have. And you’re not the first to have those thoughts » said Vettel. « I think it would be great if we could share this more often because it shows the humility that we may be lacking in the sport. »

« We project hero worship into certain roles. We’re all human, we all go through the same things, the same challenges, and there’s no Superman or Superwoman…except on TV! »

The quadruple world champion would like sportsmen and women to be able to express themselves freely about their weaknesses, and regrets that this is dictated by an image that the communication around them and society seek to convey.

« There’s nothing to be ashamed of. If you break your leg, what do you do? You go to the doctor and ask him to fix it. The wise move would have been to ask yourself what can I do to avoid breaking my leg. »

« We don’t seem to apply the same when it comes to mental health. I consider it a weakness in our society because it’s seen as a sign of weakness, if you talk about your feelings and that you open yourselves. »

« There’s a lot more going on today than 30 years ago. Back then, you felt like in sport, nobody was weak, and nobody had those self-doubts. »

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