Living out his dream in the AFL playing for the Carlton Football Club, Liam Stocker thought mental health wasn’t something he had to worry about. After all, he'd been working towards getting drafted for years, and had finally achieved his goal. 

However, Liam's anxiety had other ideas, to the point where it caused him to question his place in the football industry.

His decision to reach out for support led him to sharing his experience, which Liam hopes will help to reduce stigma in men's mental health. 

A story about accepting help and learning to be comfortable in your own company. 

If you need assistance, you can contact the Beyond Blue Support Service. Our mental health professionals are available 24/7 over the phone at 1300 22 4636 via our web chat. You can also contact us via email (responses within 24 hours). 

For immediate support call Lifeline on 13 11 14 and in an emergency, always call triple zero (000).

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