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I had the great opportunity to meet one of my hero rugby league players Daniel Conn. After geeking out and asking for a selfie, we got to talking about his journey with depression and being a Lifeline Ambassador, a cause close to my heart. Since retiring as an elite athlete from the NRL and pursuing a career in fitness, Dan Conn has become one of the most prolific names within the Health and Fitness Industry. Many are unaware that Dan suffered clinical depression for over 10 years.
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“Dealing with depression throughout my football career made a lot of the highs and lows very hard to deal with. You don’t want to talk about it. You then isolate yourself and so begins the vicious cycle of the black dog.
“If I had treated depression as well as my footy injury rehabilitation I might have got on top of things a lot easier,” Dan said.
“I’m so proud to be a national Ambassador for Lifeline because of the direct help and services they offer. A call to Lifeline could be the first step to a happier and brighter future.”
Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44. Around three out of four suicides in Australia are men.
It is so important to realise that there is no shame in asking for help and that mental health problems can affect anyone.
“I’m so pleased i can use my reputation and influence to promote Lifeline. As a Lifeline Ambassador, I can reach out to my fans and the broader community with the message that if you’re struggling help is out there,”
If you, or someone you know, is in crisis, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit http://www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp
To donate to Lifeline, please visit http://www.lifeline.org.au/donate or phone 1800 800 768.