BOXING world champion Tyson Fury bravely revealed how he nearly drove into a bridge at 160mph but thoughts of his children stopped him.
The Gypsy King has spoke of how he wanted to "switch off the pain" and "end it for good" as his Ferrari roared towards the side of a motorway bridge.
Writing in his new book The Furious Method, he said he heard a voice in his head say: "Think about your kids, Tyson, your boys and girls growing up without a father."
"And I thank God that I escaped the jaws of despair.
"What stirred within me seconds before potential death was the very essence of life; I didn’t want to give up.
"It was this small glimmer of light in the darkness that would start me on my comeback."
The sports star also reached out to people who might be suffering with their mental health and urged them to seek professional help so they too can "start their comeback".
"Deciding to carry on living and not hit that bridge at the last second was where I found my 'why' again – it was my family."
I thank God that I escaped the jaws of despair.
The 32 year old, who was inspired to return to boxing following his breakdown, said how he realised what a gift life was and that he sees every day as a blessing now.
The boxer said during his depression he felt that he had nothing to live for and that the money and fame had "no substance".
"Buying a Ferrari and having a few million in the bank should have been more fun that it was but there was no substance to it. Nothing was of value," he said.
Fury spoke highly of his therapist, admitting that initially he was sceptical but soon found it to be a life-changing experience.
He said: "I saw the therapist once a week. Even for me, I did a lot of talking on those Fridays!
"I was initially sceptical, but it was a really positive experience. I’ve never opened up like that to a stranger.
"It was like letting poison out of a wound and refreshing to be listened to and understood by someone who knew exactly what I was going through.
"Just by sharing my weaknesses I loosened the hold that this horrible demon of depression had on me all my life.
"The sooner you get help, the sooner you can reclaim your life."
He stressed the importance of having close friends and family by your side when things get dark.
YOU’RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
The heavyweight world champ, who has become known for speaking out about mental health, said how he has been visited by people who are struggling.
"I was a bit freaked out out but also humbled when, in December 2019, a lad in his 20s knocked on our door before dawn.
"He was having suicidal thoughts and wanted to speak to me before he did anything."
Tyson took him on a three-mile run and talked about how the man was feeling.
The boxer who is known for his Traveller roots said how mental health can be seen as a weakness within the community.
He said: "If you have mental health problems in the Travellers community you’re not seen as a man. My father had depression."
In his book, Fury wrote about how his dad struggled depression and the pressure of keeping up appearances of being a family man.
His dad, John, also used exercise to ease his mind and would often take his emotions out on a punch bag in their shed.
If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please call the Samaritans for free on 116123.
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