Discussing mental health in men is still a taboo subject for many – and even more so in the sporting arena, where battling through is seen as the thing to do.
Thomas ‘Biz’ Burnell began feeling the first signs of depression during his professional rugby league days almost a decade ago, but on boxing day two years ago things came to a head, when his troubles had forced the talented sportsman into trying take his own life.
On this episode Rob sits down for an open and frank discussion with Biz about those darkest days but more importantly, how Biz realised a wrong career choice was affecting him and managed to overcome his demons by making changes and found happiness again.
In this episode the coaches discuss:
4:05 Rugby and Having an Addictive Personality
8:50 Selections, Injuries and Cold Hard Business in Sport
11:00 Australia on My Own
14:00 The Sacrifices of Professional Sport
15:10 Sporting Regrets
18:20 From Rugby to Labouring
19:15 Crossfit Became a Purpose
21:30 How Teaching Made Things Worse
24:00 That Boxing Day 2018
29:00 Depression Needs To ‘Healed’
32:00 Transition Time
33:30 The Juice Is Always Worth The Squeeze
38:30 Importance of Reflection in Life: Meditation
41:20 Little Tasks and Win The Day
45:00 Focus and Chasing Happiness
46:00 Phillipa, That Person