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Former AFL Player turned prominent mental health advocate.


Mark Eustice was a successful AFL footballer and businessman but suffered from undiagnosed bi-polar disorder. After his football career and without the nurturing and supportive environment a sports club can provide Mark became clinically depressed.

To cope with this depression he began to heavily use alcohol and drugs of all types. Over time these became fully fledged addictions that took over his life and led to dire consequences; namely the break up of his close relationships, financial ruin, poor physical health and further mental health issues. He lost everything and in one doctor’s opinion was close to death. Fortunately he was persuaded by friends to enter a rehabilitation facility. This turned out to be a successful endeavour and a pivotal time in his life. His mental condition was properly diagnosed and treated and he has been drug free and sober for ten years.

Now Mark uses his experience to help others. While experts and statistics can help you understand the ever growing issues of mental health and addiction, Mark’s raw and honest story provides a riveting example of how easy it is to fall and what it takes to successfully come out the other side.

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Elite Sport and Mental Health

Understanding the pressures of elite sport and how they can affect your mental health and what assistance you should get to help you through and continuing into life afterwards

Mental Health and Drug Addiction

How mental health and drug addiction go hand in hand. How poor mental health without support can lead to alcohol and drug abuse which can then lead to catastrophic consequences

Help, Support and Recovery

How to overcome your mental health issues and address your drug and alcohol addictions with support from friends, family and professional services.
I can’t thank you enough for the time, effort and commitment you have provided to your LDAT (Local Drug Action Team) and community. The work you have done is not only appreciated by all the staff and partners here at the ADF (Australian Drug Foundation), but undoubtedly in your community and organisation as well!! Congratulations on all of your achievements so far and I can’t wait to get to work with you in the new year. The Alcohol and Drug Foundation
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