Around 10% of new dads suffer from PPD, but it’s still under the radar. One reason it’s hidden is that symptoms can easily be misinterpreted or dismissed.
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.”
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.
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.