WITH a disarmingly honest account of his depression, former rugby union starClyde Rathbone showed even elitesportsmen were not immune to mentalillness.
SPEAKING OUT: Former Wallaby Clyde Rathbone shared his journey into mental illness at Tamworth Rugby Club. Photo: Barry Smith 200615BSC04
The former Wallaby and Brumby gave a warm address at Tamworth Rugby Club at the weekend in a bid to raise awareness of the crippling scourge of depression.
Tamworth Rugby Club president Sam Scott said he had “tremendous feedback” from attendees who heard Mr Rathbone’s message – that it is OK to speak up andseek help if you a battling a mental illness.
“They were all blown away with how open he was, and how he told his story,”Mr Scott said.
“It was very powerful … for someonewho has played at an elite level to say‘even people like us get it’.”
The day was also a fundraiser forTamworth headspace, raising $7000dollars for local youth mental healthprograms.
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