Episode 43 - Brock McLean shares his mental health journey.
The Outback Mind Podcast
Former AFL Player Brock McLean talks openly about the struggle he faced as a professional athlete, his diagnosis of bipolar disorder and what he is doing now to live a better life.Hope you enjoy our conversation.
Brock McLean // The highs and lows of an elite athlete, mental health, healing and sobriety
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On this episode we are joined by Brock McClean, former AFL player who played 157 games at the highest level, with teams Melbourne and Carlton.As an elite athlete at the top of their game, there can come incredible highs and also incredible lows. Brock has had a turbulent on and off field life, and after a years of suffering in silence with mental health issues & physical injuries, Brock self medicated to get through the pain and began to notice the toxic relationship he had with drugs and alcohol.After, what he calls ‘hitting several rock bottoms” he has now come through the other side and completely changed his life. In this episode he shares his journey of healing with us, including his upbringing, his experiences, and his transformative realisations, plus the alternative medicines that he believed helped him to heal and understand his past behaviours.There’s something in this episode for everyone.---For information on Conversation Cards visit: www.consciousconversations.live
Brock McLean is a former AFL footballer who played 157 games across x2 Clubs – Melbourne F.C. and Carlton F.C.A highly talented junior, Brock made the All-Australian u18 side and was taken with pick #5 in 2003 National Draft. He quickly established himself as a respected and leading midfielder in the competition.However, what the public wasn’t aware of was the mental health battle, the drug and alcohol abuse and the diagnoses of depression and bipolar disease.In this episode, we dig deep into Brock’s darkest times, his ability to bring himself back from adversity and the importance of speaking up when you are not OK. This is an inspiring and raw conversation with some simple yet critical reminders for us all;Never worry about what other people think of youDon’t be scared of failureBe around people who make you happyMake sure you talk to someone if you are struggling; speak up….it’s not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength.I hope you are inspired by this episode as much as I was. It is truly a credit to Brock with the person he has turned out to be, and the amazing courage it took to turn his life around.There are always people who want to help you, so please don’t fight your battles alone. Talk to a friend, family member or reach out to professionals. There is always light at the end of the tunnel.You can also contact:Lifeline Australia 13 11 14Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Every weekend Brock McLean crossed the white lines and entered a battle on the football field. For 11 years he fought that fight for two hours each game day, then win, lose or draw he would step off the field and face his true battle. His mental demons were crushing, his alcohol and drug use slowly tearing his life apart. Six years on from hanging up the boots, and one year since finding help for his mental battlefield, McLean opens up about his pathway back to the light. Plus, the former Dee and Blue reveals the story behind his positive drug test, Melbourne’s tanking scandal and the moment the axe fell on his career. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Brock McLean is a former AFL player, playing for both Melbourne and Carlton.Being drafted in the top 5 of the 2003 National Draft, McLean encountered the pressure of what it takes to be a top prospect in the league, on and off the field.He is also an ambassador for Athlete Ally, which focuses on Marriage Equality and Debra– another organisation which we discuss in the Podcast.In this episode, Jarrod chats to Brock about his life as an AFL Player, the differences between the two clubs and the media’s role in sport in 2017.They then discuss Marriage Equality, why Australian Men’s Sport isn’t embracing it and how we as a country can do better to celebrate rather than discriminate.. Brock McLean:T- @BMclean_AllyAthlete Ally - https://www.athleteally.org/Debra - www.debra.org.au/ Jarrod Walsh:T - @jarrodwalshI - @walshjarrodF - @jarrodwalshmcW – www.jarrodwalsh.com.auSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.