Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya (left) and Shane Tuck both faced mental health issues.(AP: Bernat Armangue; AAP: Ben MacMahon)ShareFacebookTwitterArticle share optionsShare this onFacebookTwitterLinkedInSend this byEmailMessengerCopy linkWhatsAppPrint contentPrint with images and other mediaPrint text onlyPrintCancelBy any score, it's been a tragic week for Australian sport.Two young Australians have died in the aftermath of their athletic careers: 20-year-old Olympic figure skater Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and 38-year-old former Richmond AFL footballer Shane Tuck.Key points:Experts says some athletes can be more susceptible to mental health issues than the general publicMental health professionals say the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic has added to stress for athletes, particularly in VictoriaThere are calls for clubs and governing bodies in all sports to add mental health services to their high-performance mix We don't know what happened and we can't assume. There are no easy answers.It's just unspeakably sad.If you or anyone you know needs help:Lifeline on 13 11 14Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800National Alcohol and Other Drugs Hotline on 1800 250 015 MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36Headspace on 1800 650 890SANE Australia on 1800 18 7263ReachOut at au.reachout.comBut their deaths have highlighted yet again that athletes are no different to anyone who suffers from mental health problems.Experts say that in some ways they can be more susceptible, as they leave a rigidly structured career for the chaos of "real life".And in the case of Shane Tuck, we still have some way to go to allow tough Australian men to be vulnerable.Tuck's father, the legendary Hawthorn player Michael, spoke eloquently about the struggles his son faced."He kept it all in", he said."He was a big, strong kid and he just had a few issues and he couldn't get rid of them and that was the only way out."A lot of men think they're all right and they're actually not, and the best help they can get is telling people actually how bad they are, and not saying, 'I'm all right, I'm all right'."Helping athletes navigate that transition has become the life work of Irish Olympic rower Gearoid Towey, who now heads the organisation Crossing the Line."Before, the narrative was that there isn't enough support, but I don't think that can be said anymore,
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