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The Banksia Project

By Terry CornickBrevity in the written word is never my strong point. But for this summary of a mental health event (The Garden Rooms) I attended last night I promise to be as concise as possible (As my wife pointed out recently by creating a meme, I can sometimes be good at not writing, the meme's text hovered over a picture of me saying "Calls himself a writer. Doesn't even write me a Mother's Day Card).Forwarded to me by email from a friend, I signed up to this event eagerly. It was FREE after all. And focused on “Mental Health in Sport” with some high profile guests and speakers.After yet again dealing with my failed inner compass that somehow causes...

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Good Dad, Bad Husband

By Terry Cornick "Mate, why didn't you tell me?!" The first words a close mate asked me when he came back into work after paternity leave.   "You cruised through it!" I wanted to scream out, "You have no f***ing idea!", but I just smiled. I am a good actor. Honed by years of hiding mental illness. You cannot prepare anyone for a first child. Life does not stop; it just shifts seismically to a scenario where you cannot remember what came before. Even the simplest of daily decisions completely revolve around your child's routine and moods. Sleep deprivation, the noise torture of crying, the constant rocking and standing on your feet to settle, the several changing of nappies a...

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Insight: Mental Health in Professional Sport

As I write this I am stuck in traffic on the way to Sydney Airport before flying to Melbourne to play a big game during the festive period. Late last year Terry from Mr. Perfect reached out and asked me to be an Ambassador for their cause. It is a huge honour to be part of this movement for men that allows them to seek non-clinical support should they be suffering from mental illness or they have been affected by a friend or family member’s illness or they just want to understand mental health more. Recently I noticed ex-team mates and other professional footballers writing blogs about mental health so it inspired me to try my own. Be kind as...

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