Boxer Ricky Hatton: Regular therapy helps “keep me in check”

Boxer Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton, MBE, released his new book War and Peace: My Story this week, in which he discusses his ongoing battle with depression and how close he once came to slitting his wrists.


“It took me so long to go to someone and say, ‘my head’s in bits. I feel depressed. I want to kill myself,’” Hatton writes. “It was nearly too late for me…I think if more people who suffer from depression just swallow their pride and say, ‘Listen, I need help. Someone give me a hug. Someone talk to me,’ it would help…I’m not scared of admitting that now because when I did finally realise that I had to admit it, I think that’s why I’m still here.”


Hatton acknowledges that his story about his battle with depression may come as a surprise to many people, as he is more commonly seen as “someone who is considered, as a fighter, as someone who never took a backward step, never backed down from any opponent”. In contrast the man who “turned around and [was] crying every night to his friends and being in the house wanting to slit his wrists” is not the side we hear about so often. On Tuesday the boxer spoke on BBC Breakfast about how he sees his therapist regularly in order to help him manage his depression, and how he wants to speak out as a means of helping to break the silence surrounding the illness.


“I actually see a psychiatrist once a month now because of all the problems I’ve gone through, to keep me in check,” Hatton said, as reported by The Manchester Evening News. “I might have a month where nothing goes wrong…but you don’t only go to the dentist when you have toothache, you go every six months to keep it in check. That’s why I go and I find I cope a little bit better”.


Although many people come for counselling due to a crisis or specific event, such as the end of a relationship, a bereavement or a trauma, therapy is also useful for helping to manage every day life and to help develop and grow towards the kind of life you really want. Also, if you suffer from anxiety or depression, for example, seeing a therapist regularly can help to manage things on a day-to-day basis, while developing ways to help manage the deeper troughs and lows so you are better prepared when they do come about.


At The Grove we understand that some people are unsure about having ongoing therapy, and see counselling as something that is better suited to people who are struggling with something specific. But therapy is also a way to help you get to know yourself better and to discover what you really want from life. Indeed the Psychotherapy Foundation refers to Psychotherapy as “a professional conversation focused on increasing self-awareness and mental, emotional and relational well-being”. Many therapy clients benefit from ongoing counselling, finding that the deeper exploration of themselves, their values and their well-being leads to happier and more fulfilling ways of life.


Our counsellors are trained in working open-endedly. We are experienced in supporting clients with their personal exploration as well as with the day-to-day management of their mental and emotional well-being. If you would like some support in managing everyday life, or in working towards your goals and getting the life you really want, let’s talk and see how we can be of help to you.