SAS Australia: Jessica Peris reveals she attempted suicide over doping scandal

Athlete Jessica Peris revealed the devastating moment when she attempted to take her own life on Wednesday night’s episode of SAS Australia.

The 31-year-old told the director’s staff (DS) that the attempt came months after she was forced to drop out of the 2018 Commonwealth Games trials after testing positive for a banned substance – something she has always vehemently denied.

Jessica, the daughter of Olympic legend Nova Peris, burst into tears when she explained that she felt she had “no way out” after the scandal went viral.

Devastating confession: Athlete Jessica Peris revealed the devastating moment when she attempted to take her own life on Wednesday night’s episode of SAS Australia

It was all over every newspaper, and it was ‘Nova Peris’ daughter tests positive for banned substance’. That was difficult,” she said.

Jessica has always strongly denied taking any performance-enhancing drugs, blaming a “substantially flawed” urine sample.

She hired a lawyer to defend her case, but the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency later rejected her claims.

Disclaimer: Jessica has always strongly denied taking any performance-enhancing drugs, blaming a

Disclaimer: Jessica has always strongly denied taking any performance-enhancing drugs, blaming a “substantially flawed” urine sample. She hired a lawyer to defend her case, but the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency later rejected her claims

“The last thing I remember for a bit is being carried from my mother’s house to a hospital by paramedics,” she said of the 2019 incident. “I felt like I had no way out.”

During Monday’s episode, Jessica said she is still “fighting for justice” today, but added that the frenzy and resistance at the time were really affecting her mental health.

“The last thing I remember about that is being carried from my mother’s house to a hospital by paramedics,” she said of the 2019 incident. “I felt like I had no way out. ‘

The directorial staff looked completely shocked by her revelation, with Jason “Foxy” Fox replying: “So did you try to kill yourself, or was it…”

‘Yes. I didn’t want to be here anymore,” she replied, crying.

Jessica – who is mother to 12-year-old Isaac – told the camera it was one of her biggest regrets in life.

Speaking: Her story deeply touched DS Fox, who then spoke to the camera about how he once contemplated suicide during an incredibly dark time in his life

Speaking: Her story deeply touched DS Fox, who then spoke to the camera about how he once contemplated suicide during an incredibly dark time in his life

“What if I didn’t wake up — my son wouldn’t have a mother,” she said. ‘My mother wouldn’t have a daughter. But that’s what got me going.’

Her story deeply touched DS Fox, who then spoke to the camera about how he had once contemplated suicide during an incredibly dark time in his life.

“I was medically discharged from the special forces with PTSD,” he said. “Then my life collapsed. I failed as a father, as a partner. I thought the best way was to remove myself from this planet.

“Suicide is a dark place to be, if you think about it. I have been there. You feel it makes no sense.

Sports legend: Jessica is the daughter of Olympic legend Nova Peris.  She was part of the Australian women's hockey team at the 1996 Olympics and was the first Indigenous Australian to win an Olympic gold medal.

Sports legend: Jessica is the daughter of Olympic legend Nova Peris. She was part of the Australian women’s hockey team at the 1996 Olympics and was the first Indigenous Australian to win an Olympic gold medal.

“A lot of people who don’t understand think it’s selfish, but you don’t think selfishly. You actually think about other people. You think you are of no use to anyone else, and to be at that point must be very low.’

Speaking to a tearful Jessica, DS Fox said, “In the end, it seems like you were in the past. Bad things have happened – whether through your own fault or not, it’s a thing of the past.

‘You brush with suicide – it’s unsettling to think about, but it’s done now. It’s a turning point, and it’s something you can move forward with in a more positive way.”

Jessica added that she was on her way to “redemption” and to show people “who I am as a person.”

“I’m proud of myself for being here to say. I refuse to stop, and I will push myself until I have nothing left to give,” she added.

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Continuing on: 'I'm proud of myself for being here to say.  I refuse to stop, and I will push myself until I have nothing left to give,

Continuing on: ‘I’m proud of myself for being here to say. I refuse to stop, and I will push myself until I have nothing left to give,” Jessica added

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