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smasha

?17 ?19 ?
Sep 7, 2003
41,214
41,110
Richmond Paddock
AFL Club
Richmond
I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) at the age of 12 ... I’m now almost 45

Over the past few months, I have been really struggling with my mental health - depression, anxiety, panic attacks ... this has affected my job & family

3 weeks ago, my best friend of over 20 years went missing ... a couple of days later, his body was found in his car in a river ... we are still waiting for the coroner to release the body so that a funeral can be held

I had the opportunity to see the Tiges train on the Gold Coast last week (moved up here from Melbourne nearly 2 years ago) ... it was a brief bright spot during a very difficult time in my life ... RFC means a lot to all of us - I lived through 35 years of us being a joke but the last 3 years have been f...ing amazing
Just came back from Goldy,caught up with an old Tiger mate who had enough of Melbourne’s weather and lives up there,6 dollar schooners at the Northcliffe Surf Club,not bad.

He loves his union ,played it and coached it at an elite level but told me he really has a regret about not going hard in Aussie Rules and playing for Richmond,born and bred in Tigerland,his uncle is Bill Durham,nice to catch up in Goldy Phil.


P.S, sh*t myself going backwards on the DC Rivals coaster.
 

Ceehook

All Australian
Oct 3, 2017
789
1,953
AFL Club
Richmond
I kick off the conversation here and out of the Shane Tuck thread

How do we , as a society , fight depression and reduce suicide ?

From a government perspective Beyond Blue & Lifeline are one way
Having a national R U OK day is another

Post Fight Depression was pushing the clubs should do more ?

The trouble is the Clubs will always be focused on the future and the present

They do more these days to keep young guys busy so they don't fall into the gambling trap
most codes look to have their young guys doing part time study etc
so they will have something post football

maybe there is some more they could do as part of an AFL exit program

the highs and lows of AFL footy must be a good breeding ground for depression
especially upon exit

What should the AFL do for ex player health ?

and

What should a club do and when for ex player health ?
 

Waca Jr

Club Legend
Mar 6, 2018
2,992
10,405
AFL Club
Richmond
Now more than ever it is important to look after your mental health in the wake of this pandemic.

Please, seek help or talk to someone if you are not coping.

The mental health effects out of this pandemic will be massive.

I have been very fortunate to keep my job through all this, but being cooped up has even had me go bat sh*t crazy.

Inbox me if you need a chat. Take care amd stay safe
 

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