George Russell says “mental health is something that needs to be spoken about openly for everybody, especially in men”.
McLaren’s Lando Norris had spoken about mental health problems he faced in his first few seasons as a Formula 1 driver, and now George Russell also emphasizes the importance of speaking out about these issues.
“Mental health is something that needs to be spoken about openly for everybody, especially in men,” the Briton told Crash.Net.
“It’s something that people perceive as weakness but I think it’s quite the opposite; if you are able to talk about it, it just shows your strength.
“I wouldn’t say I’ve struggled with self-doubt but definitely there have been moments of disappointment and struggling to power through very difficult moments where you find yourself in a potential dark space within your professional career.
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“Sometimes it goes over into your personal life as well. We’re all so passionate and if something brings you down professionally, for us, it follows through into your personal life and you are almost on this downward spiral.
“I think you’ve got to face these challenges head-on and not hide behind it – that will help you power through, raise your spirits and lift you higher.
“I feel grateful I’ve been through these emotions and some of these experiences, not incredibly tough ones, but I could have been in a situation where if I didn’t face any of these experiences I wouldn’t have learnt how to deal with these disappointments,” Russell concluded.