Waugh praises Maxwell's courage to take a break from mental health
MELBOURNE: former captain Steve Waugh , a former student of the Australian cricket hard school, has praised all-terrain Glenn Maxwell for having the courage to seek treatment for a mental health problem.
Maxwell was ruled out of the Australian team indefinitely on Thursday after trusting the coach Justin Langer about his health problems before a T20 match against Sri Lanka in Adelaide.
I think it's a brave decision and should be applauded, Waugh told reporters on Friday about Maxwell's separation from the team.
It is a situation of high pressure, professional sport, and people have external pressures and things that happen in life like normal people. Sometimes it becomes too much.
Waugh, who led a series of uncompromising teams in the late 1990s and early 2000s, is famous for blatantly defending mental disintegration, Australia's tactic of getting players out of the opposition from their games through of directed sleds.
He freely admitted that talking about a mental health problem was taboo during his playing days.
It was a difficult school back then, and I look at a lot of players that I played with and think about now, and maybe they had mental problems, said the 54-year-old.
But at that moment, it was almost a sign of weakness to raise your hand.
I'm glad it changed because many people suffered in silence.
Waugh felt that social networks were fueling mental health problems by making people feel they needed to compete with the healed lives of their peers online.
Everyone is on Facebook and Instagram and nobody posts anything negative (about themselves), so when you see someone else's post you think, 'Maybe my life is not as good as it should be,' and you're always trying to catch up and make things better, said Waugh.
The fact is that everyone has their struggles and nobody has the perfect life, so we must be a little more realistic about things.