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'I WAS CUTTING MYSELF EVERY DAY'.

OLYMPIC gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes has said she used to self-harm every day during her battle with depression as she tried to overcome sporting injuries.

Former middle distance runner Dame Kelly spoke out about her experience at a health and wellbeing show in Tunbridge Wells, in Kent.

She revealed she used to cut herself as she tried to recover from seven career-threatening injuries, beginning with an injury she sustained during the 1997 world championships.

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n to he e hens in C: "At The 47-year-old went on to become the first British woman win double Olympic gold in the same Games, winning both the 800m and 1,500m races in Athens 2004. Dame Kelly told the BBC: "my lowest, I was cutting myself with scissors every day that I was injured. The scissors were in the bathroom and I used them to release the anguish that I had. It was really a bad place to be. My biggest message to people is that you can get out of that and you can still achieve."

" Dame Kelly, who joined the Army at 17 before becoming an athlete, has previously spoken of how she hid her depression for fear of negativitysaid mental health needed be "shouted about more".

p but s to Ci p an he child Speaking at the NHS Confederation conference in Manchester last year, she praised the work of the NHS and her own GP who she said helped her to fulfil her childhood dream of becoming an Olympian.

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Date:Sep 25, 2017
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