My name is Lloyd Perrett & pictured is my in laws!
Nearly 3 years ago I suffered heat stroke and almost died during pre season training, as a result of that incident I had poor liver, kidney and thyroid function among lots of damage to other parts of my body. Part of the aftermath of that was that I had very poor hormone and blood markers, at one point I was told I had the bloodwork of a 60 year old diabetic woman. I began different types of therapies and became pretty well educated on the physical effects that my altered hormone and blood levels would have me experience. One thing I never understood until this year in 2020 was the (now obvious) effects it had on me mentally and emotionally. During the period from late 2017 to late 2019 I experienced extreme emotion to the point where I cried in the middle of a scrum in a NSW cup game, I no longer valued my contract, myself and at points questioned if I was worthy of being alive.
This isn’t a sob story for me, this period of my life I consider now a massive blessing,
I have learnt so much about emotional health, physical health and mental health. I have learnt so much about how important they all are to each other. In October last year after the nrl season finished I weighed 135kg and I’m now happily 118kg and feeling myself again.
ON TO THE REAL REASON FOR THIS PAGE.
Just as I felt I had turned a corner mentally in 2019 my younger brother in law Syd took his own life, the same day I returned to the NRL September the 6th. As we reviewed our performance in the change rooms of bankwest stadium my wife received the worst phone call someone can get, as our team walked out I looked for her only to see her holding her emotions in I broke down when she told me. The worst part is this is my second brother in law to commit suicide, my loving in laws are an awesome family who exude kindness and love. Even still they felt there was no other way.
I know from my experience, depression takes no prisoners and discriminates not.
Rich or poor, tall or short, black or white it doesn’t matter. The only way around depression is a prevention by “practicing proper mentals” being grateful, being mindful and giving yourself tactics and strategies.
Men make up the majority of suicides here in Australia with 75% being male. Maori, Polynesian and Indigenous Australian men are also over represented in suicide statistics.
Tomorrow marks 6 years since my brother in law Brigham’s passing. With September being suicide awareness month and having 2 brothers anniversaries in the space of 30 days I couldn’t do nothing.
In HONOUR and MEMORY of BRIGGS, SYDOSS & ALL THE MEN in Australia, NZ and the Pacific I will run 1km for every $250 donated.
Help me kill some birds with few stones or something like that. Make the big boy run lose some weight and more importantly raise some money to help men “practice proper mentals” PPM again.
Funds will be donated to LIVIN.ORG
Love yas no matter what!
- Lewis Brown
- Toafofoa Sipley
- kalena rapana
- Jack Hoath