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Mercedes principal Toto Wolff reveals mental health battle

Toto Wolff
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Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has revealed he has been seeing a psychiatrist since 2004 for his ongoing mental health conditions.

Wolff bought a share of the Williams Formula One Team in 2009 when he joined the board of directors.

He left F1 in 2013 to move to Mercedes going on to help Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg win individual world titles.

But the responsibilities and achievements have paid a price on his wellbeing, the Austrian has “suffered mentally” since he stepped into his current role.

Wolff, 50, told The Times: ”High profile people who seem to have everything but are struggling, I think we have an obligation to say we’re getting help and it’s ok to get help.

“I’ve been going to a psychiatrist since 2004. I think I’ve had more than 500 hours [of therapy]. I have suffered mentally and I still do.

“Getting help is a way of overcoming my problems and it has helped me to access untapped potential. I’ve never had a problem with the stigma.

“Some of the most successful people are very, very sensitive, and very, very sensitive means very, very vulnerable.”

Lewis Hamilton has previously encouraged people struggling with their mental health to share their feelings with a loved one or seek professional support.

The F1 driver wrote on social media in 2020: “I also have a lot of difficult days. Especially in the bubble that we’re currently in. You get lonely, you miss your friends and family, and with back to back race weeks it means there’s not much time for anything but work. So I’m grateful for the ones closest to me helping me to keep a balance, even if it’s just thru [sic] text, phone or FaceTime.

“I guess what I’m trying to say is, it’s never a bad thing to ask for help if you need it, or to tell somebody how you feel. Showing your vulnerable side doesn’t make you weak, instead, I like to think of it as a chance to become stronger.”

If you are struggling with your mental health visit the Mind website.