I’ve been to the lowest point and the highest

Kelly Holmes on mental health and happiness. Since retiring, the athlete has opened up about self-harming.

She talks about winning double gold, losing her mother – and her new mental health podcast. Kelly Holmes has always liked to surprise. So when the double Olympic gold medallist decided to have a crack at podcasting, she gave sport a miss and focused on mental health. The result is a compelling 11-part series in which she interviews celebrities about a time they reached their nadir and their route to recovery.

Alastair Campbell plays his bagpipes in his bathroom as he discusses his psychotic breakdown, Philip Pullman reads from the 400-year-old The Anatomy of Melancholy and tells her he cried nonstop for months in his 20s and Davina McCall takes Holmes to the gym and talks about the heroin addiction that almost destroyed her.

The Guardian Article By – Simon Hattenstone

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