Alliance Profile – Ryan Campbell
Professional Cricket Player, Represented both Australia and Hong Kong Internationally, Current Coach of the Dutch National Team
What past life experiences, physical traumas or genetics do you believe have had an effect on your mental health?
I was always a guy who kept things to myself. I believe my dad was very similar. Whilst playing Professional Cricket I had major knee surgery that threatened my career. I believe this was the tipping point.
How did the effects on your mental health appear in terms of symptoms?
Hard to describe, but it’s a feeling of having no joy in anything you do. You also feel that when little things don’t go your way, the world is against you.
When and why did you decide to ask for help to get relief?
I knew I was in a bad state. My marriage was in meltdown & my career was at the crossroads. If I didn’t seek help I didn’t know how I would climb out of the hole I was in.
What methods helped you individually get/feel better?
Learning to communicate better was a big thing. Also learning to recognize there are 3 major areas of your life: Family, Work & Home Life…if you have a bad day in one of these areas it doesn’t mean all the areas are bad!!
Why did you decide to go public with your story? Who were/are you hoping to help and how?
Men in Australia would rather admit to having a sexually transmitted disease than admit to a mental issue. We are brought up to be tough & “it’ll be right mate” …I felt that my profile gave me a chance to have a voice, I’m glad I am speaking up – for people in Australia and now the world.
How did people react when you went public with your story?
They couldn’t believe it. How could a guy who seemed to have the perfect world, professional sportsman, radio & TV personality – how could he possibly have an issue….No one is immune to mental health issues, that’s for sure, #SameHere.