Former NRL player and mental health advocate Dan Hunt shares his personal experience of battling mental illness. Dan is an ambassador for Beyond Blue, NRL State of Mind and owner of Mental Health Movement.
Men’s Mental Health has become a hot topic. One of many emerging issues attracting the attention of governments at all levels and society more broadly. The amount of public and open information and discussion of Men’s Health issues has allowed us to adjust our radar and lower our guard.
The importance of men opening up and sharing their stories with each other is about more than just mental health. It’s about community. It’s about connecting.
These days most people know someone who has undertaken the In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) process at least once. In fact, one in six couples in Australia will experience infertility.
We had a beautiful healthy boy. We were so lucky. So why did I start feeling depressed again? Do blokes even get the baby blues? Am I the only one? Parenthood is a bit of a paradox. It can be the happiest time of your life, but at the same time the most challenging.
In the time that followed my dad’s death, those feelings of loss, hurt and anger bottled up in me. I was like a ticking time bomb. I would want to cry, but I kept suppressing those emotions. No one needed to know I was hurting. No one needed to see me cry. Men don’t cry.