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& # 39; Deep inside you can struggle, suffer, scream for help & # 39 ;: Australian surfer Layne Beachley, 47, reveals her secret battle with suicidal thoughts in her 20s

& # 39; Deep inside you can struggle, suffer, scream for help & # 39 ;: Australian surfer Layne Beachley, 47, reveals her secret battle with suicidal thoughts in her 20s

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At the age of 20, Australian surfer Layne Beachey became sixth in the world for her sporting achievements.

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And on Sunday, the athlete said she had experienced the darkest period of her life in 1996 – 24 years old – while secretly fought chronic fatigue syndrome and suicidal thoughts.

If an R U OK? ambassador, the 47-year-old told The daily telegraph: & # 39; Deep down you can struggle, suffer, scream for help without having the courage or the network to get help, but that's true RUOK? come in. & # 39;

& # 39; Deep inside you can struggle, suffer, scream for help & # 39 ;: Australian surfer Layne Beachley, 47, reveals her secret battle with suicidal thoughts in her 20s

& # 39; Deep inside you can struggle, suffer, scream for help & # 39 ;: Australian surfer Layne Beachley, 47, reveals her secret battle with suicidal thoughts in her 20s

Layne became a professional surfer at only 16, by 20 she was sixth in the world, and at 26 she became the ASP Women's World Champion in 1998. She retired at the age of 36.

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& # 39; It all starts with the courage to have the conversation. If you can't have a conversation with yourself, it's important to have someone in your life who has the courage to ask you: Are you okay? & # 39; she said.

Consumed more than 20 years ago by disturbing thoughts, Layne has credited her friend Johanna Griggs for her help.

& # 39; it's important to have someone in your life who has the courage to ask you: Are you okay? & # 39; the athlete said she had experienced the darkest period of her life in 1996 - 24 years old - while secretly fighting against chronic fatigue syndrome and suicidal thoughts (Pictured: 2009)

& # 39; it's important to have someone in your life who has the courage to ask you: Are you okay? & # 39; the athlete said she had experienced the darkest period of her life in 1996 - 24 years old - while secretly fighting against chronic fatigue syndrome and suicidal thoughts (Pictured: 2009)

& # 39; it's important to have someone in your life who has the courage to ask you: Are you okay? & # 39; the athlete said she had experienced the darkest period of her life in 1996 – 24 years old – while secretly fighting against chronic fatigue syndrome and suicidal thoughts (Pictured: 2009)

& # 39; She also taught herself how to be mentally strong & # 39 ;: consumed more than 20 years ago by disturbing thoughts, Layne wrote to her friend Johanna Griggs (above) for her help

& # 39; She also taught herself how to be mentally strong & # 39 ;: consumed more than 20 years ago by disturbing thoughts, Layne wrote to her friend Johanna Griggs (above) for her help

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& # 39; She also taught herself how to be mentally strong & # 39 ;: consumed more than 20 years ago by disturbing thoughts, Layne wrote to her friend Johanna Griggs (above) for her help

The Australian swimmer and TV broadcaster Johanna – who is also a board member of Beyond Blue – apparently advised counseling and a naturopath after she had endured chronic fatigue in the past.

Swimmer Johanna, who has a bronze medal from the Auckand Commonwealth Games of 1990, told the publication: & # 39; She is physically strong, incredibly focused, but she has also learned how to be mentally strong. & # 39;

She praised Layne's involvement with R U OK? as a great way to show people that there are ways to take back & # 39; control by learning different coping strategies & # 39 ;.

& # 39; If he didn't keep checking in, I might have fallen back to a deep, dark place & # 39 ;: the male-born pro-surfer also thanked her INXS guitarist husband Kirk Pengilly (R) for curing a depressed period back in the days

& # 39; If he didn't keep checking in, I might have fallen back to a deep, dark place & # 39 ;: the male-born pro-surfer also thanked her INXS guitarist husband Kirk Pengilly (R) for curing a depressed period back in the days

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& # 39; If he didn't keep checking in, I might have fallen back to a deep, dark place & # 39 ;: the male-born pro-surfer also thanked her INXS guitarist husband Kirk Pengilly (R) for curing a depressed period back in the days

The male-born pro-surfer has also thanked her INXS guitarist Kirk Pengilly for healing a depressive period in the past.

& # 39; Kirk checked in with me for three or four days after acknowledging that I was in a depressed and numb state, & # 39; she said.

Layne added: & # 39; If he didn't keep checking in, I might have fallen back to a deep, dark place and chose to stay there as long as I felt it was necessary to be there. & # 39;

EVERYTHING FINE? is an Australian non-profit suicide prevention organization with an annual R U OK? Day on 12 September.

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If you are in a crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK & # 39; and to 741-741.

For confidential support in the UK, call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit a local branch. See www.samaritans.org for details.

For confidential support in Australia, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au. You can also call Kids Helpline at 1800 55 1800

Waves up: While Layne retired from competitive surfing at the age of 36, she still likes to enjoy the water on her board

Waves up: While Layne retired from competitive surfing at the age of 36, she still likes to enjoy the water on her board

Waves up: While Layne retired from competitive surfing at the age of 36, she still likes to enjoy the water on her board

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