“Once I decided to finally tell everybody what I was living with all the things I thought I was going to lose I never lost. I never told my dad for 12 years. I never gave the key people in my life the opportunity to make informed decisions about how they can support me because I thought I’d lose them. That’s what drives me to talk openly and honestly about what I went through and I don’t want people to make the same mistakes because they don’t have to”
My special guest is Wayne Schwass. Wayne is a former AFL player for the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Sydney Swans. As a leading mental health advocate he recently founded a new social enterprise Puka Up.
You will learn plenty about Wayne Schwass in episode 70 of the Talking with TK Podcast.
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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE
3:33 – Welcome Wayne Schwass
4:00 – Riding from SCG to Etihad Stadium for the Bike Ride for Suicide Prevention
6:00 – Mental & Physical prep for the ride
7:22 – The team environment
8:33 – The importance of conversation
9:11 – The tool box
11:06 – The dark period and getting through that period
12:00 – Last time he was happy in himself prior to the 1996 Grand Final.
14:00 – MONTY BETHAM RECAP
15:25 – Concussions growing up
17:00 – His New Zealand background
18:06 – The Haka
21:18 – Suffering and pretending
23:30 – Importance of winning
24:50 – His own wellness practices
27:30 – MARK HUGHES PREVIEW
30:00 –Advice for parents on mental health with children
33:00 – Transition from footy and finding identity
35:38 – The Puka Up community
39:00 – Support for those suffering
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