Rugby league star Darius Boyd has vowed to continue using his own fight against depression to help others battling the condition.
Mr Boyd announced earlier this month he had re-committed to his role as a Ramsay Health Care mental health ambassador.
The 28-year-old suffered from depression in 2014 and sought treatment at a Ramsay Health Care mental health facility in Sydney.
Since recovering, the talented fullback has used his own experience to shed light on the mental illness.
“I hope to inspire people suffering from mental illness not to be afraid to speak out and seek help from the right health professionals,” Mr Boyd said.
“When it comes to physical injuries – a broken leg or arm – we wouldn’t think of trying to fix it ourselves, but with mental illness we suffer in silence.”
Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. In Australia, around one million adults suffer from depression each year.
Mr Boyd first became a Ramsay Health Care mental health ambassador in 2015 and has given his time freely to speaking at community seminars. He has also worked closely with the media to educate the public about mental illnesses.
“Admitting myself to a clinic made me realise that there are effective treatments, health professionals and services for anxiety and depression, and by seeking this support I was able to recover quickly,” he said.
In addition to his role with Ramsay Health Care, Mr Boyd is also a mental health ambassador with the NRL.