Hogg puts focus on youth
BRAD Hogg knows first-hand about struggling with a mental illness.
The popular Big Bash spinner hit rock bottom in the wake of his retirement from international cricket and breakdown of his first marriage, and even contemplated taking his own life.
But with the help of others, Hogg, pictured, turned his life around and produced one of the more remarkable cricket comebacks with the Perth Scorchers.
So when he was asked to speak to high school students about his mental health battle as part of this weekend’s Tour of Margaret River cycling event, he jumped at the chance.
The 46-year-old became a Lifeline ambassador this year and has teamed up with Cove Legal to help raise awareness for independent not-for-profit organisation Youth Focus, which offers free counselling to help youngsters with depression, anxiety and selfharm and suicidal thoughts.
“Mental illness is a big problem and we’re seeing kids a lot younger suffering depression, so it’s about trying to give them the tools to fight this stigma,” Hogg said. “Lifeline and Youth Focus are two charities that are fairly well aligned with each other.’’
The Tour of Margaret River finishes today with a 71km stage three (Nannup to Balingup) and 42km stage four (Balingup to Nannup).