“The Hidden Side of Sport”

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A documentary exploring the mental health issues faced by some of our top sports stars is on TV tonight.

Former England Cricketer Andrew Flintoff presents the programme, “The Hidden Side of Sport”, which looks at the extreme highs and lows experienced by athletes in the public eye.

The programme features interviews with ex boxer Ricky Hatton and former footballer Vinnie Jones who both, like Flintoff, have had depression. It also contains an interview with tabloid Editor Piers Morgan whose attitude to mental ill health is unsympathetic.

To see a clip of Flintoff interviewing Piers Morgan for “The Hidden Side of Sport”, which is on BBC One at 2245 tonight, please visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-16423538