Collingwood forward Alex Fasolo says mental health struggles are hugely widespread across the AFL, which he says is ignorant to the challenges. Fasolo has written about his battle with depression for the first time, detailing episodes where he would sit in his car and cry before and after training.
In a courageous and frank piece, Fasolo described days when he dreaded waking up, drank to excess, hid his true feelings from loved ones and saw death “as an escape fantasy”.
The 25-year-old’s description of his off-field woes is at odds with the image of the stereotypical AFL footballer. But Fasolo suggested mental health battles were being fought by more players than were prepared to go public about it.
“Depression in footy, it’s hugely widespread,” he wrote on the Players Voice website. “I’m not a psychiatrist, so I don’t know how it works, but I sort of feel like there’s a bit of a spectrum.
“Obviously, I got to a tipping point, but I think a lot of people…