Jelena Dokic provides update for fans after devastating revelation

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Jelena Dokic, pictured here at the Australian Open.
Jelena Dokic has provided an update for fans. Image: Getty/Instagram

Aussie tennis star Jelena Dokic has shared a positive update with fans after the devastating revelation that she nearly took her own life earlier this year.

Dokic sparked an outpouring of support from fans and fellow athletes earlier this month when she revealed in a social media post that she nearly died by suicide in April.

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Taking to Instagram on Tuesday night, the former tennis player updated fans on how she is going and said she is in a much better place now.

“I just wanted to do a quick video to say a huge thank you to all of you for your incredible kindness, support and love after my last Instagram post,’’ she said in a video message.

“To get more than 20,000 messages and emails and comments and phone calls is just unbelievable and I’ll be forever grateful.

“You guys are just helping me so much. There are not enough words to describe how grateful and thankful I am so thank you.

“There’s been a lot of concern since my last post, but I just want to let you all know that I’m doing OK, I’m doing a lot better than I was in April, I’m getting all the help that I need and I’m taking it a day at a time on the road to recovery.

“I’m taking small steps forward every single day and I’ll be back better than ever and stronger than ever.”

Jelena Dokic, pictured here interviewing Donna Vekic at the Australian Open in 2020.
Jelena Dokic interviews Donna Vekic at the Australian Open in 2020. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

The Channel Nine commentator said she hoped her post would be able to help others who are struggling.

“I felt like it was important to do that this time around as well because there are a lot of people that are struggling out there when it comes to mental health and we need to have more conversations about it and we need to de-stigmatise the conversations around mental health,” she said.

“That’s why I feel like it was incredibly important to talk about it, to talk about my experience and my struggles and hopefully it can help someone out there in their own struggles and hopefully help someone out there as a message of hope and knowing you’re not alone.

“There is hope, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. If you feel like giving up, please don’t, please keep believing, please keep fighting, please go a day at a time and please know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Jelena Dokic's brave reveal about mental health

In her initial post on June 13, Dokic said seeking professional help has "saved her life".

"The last six months have been tough," she wrote alongside a photo of herself in tears.

"It's been constant crying everywhere.

"From hiding in the bathroom when at work, to wipe away my tears so that nobody sees it, to the unstoppable crying at home within my four walls has been unbearable.

"Constant feelings of sadness and pain are just not going away and my life has been shattered.

“April 28th. Will never forget the day, I just wanted the pain and the suffering to stop. Getting professional help saved my life.

“This is not easy to write but I have always been open, honest and vulnerable with you all and I deeply believe in the power of sharing our stories to help us get through things and to help each other."

Dokic won six WTA singles titles during her career and reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 2000.

She struggled for years to escape the influence of her volatile father Damir, tumbling down the rankings into the 600s during her well-documented split from him.

She has bravely opened up about the abuse she received from her father in the past - both physical and mental.

Readers seeking support and information can contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

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