Four former NRL players unified blue and maroon supporters on the night of the final State of Origin game to highlight the prominence of men’s struggles with mental health at a Brisbane event. Dale Shearer, Sione Faumuina, Matthew Elliot, and David Myles were panelists at the event hosted by Hotel West End in South Brisbane.
While there is glory in being a successful athlete, it comes with massive pressures to perform well on and off Anyone can see the physical injuries of athletes, but rarely can people see what injuries they may have mentally. Last year, mental illness forced one AFL player to leave the sport altogether.
Mike Morrison hid his condition for years as he did not want to be professionally prejudiced. "For years how l looked was not how I felt but I dare not saying anything as being bulletproof was all part of the act. I was a good actor. I’ve now stopped acting and started living."
I believe resilience is the #1 life skill to help us duck, dodge, prioritise and put into perspective the crap life throws at us. The life of running a small business is no exception to this. There’s plenty of crap in and around your business that can affect your mental, physical and financial health. The depth of crap largely depends on how much you let it get to you
My dad was a stay-at-home dad in the 70s. Did it give me an advantage? Did it give me confidence in the co-ed school yard or an extra edge as I climbed the ladder in a male-dominated industry? It sure didn't hurt. Forty years on and my husband is a stay-at-home dad for our two beautiful daughters.
With a 15-year professional career in rugby union, Moore is known for being Australia’s most capped Super Rugby player, and the only rugby hooker to have played 100 tests. Moore has seen challenges with mental health in all aspects of his career - in teammates, opponents, even in himself.
Simon Gillard was a police officer for more than fifteen years, before being invalided out of the force with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He is now an advocate for others with PTSD, depression, anxiety in the emergency services, military and the wider community.