Former Swans star and model Tom Derickx candidly reveals his fight against mental health

& # 39; Away from home without real friends, I struggled with depression & # 39 ;: former swan star and model Tom Derickx frankly reveals his fight against mental health as he encourages people to face the & # 39; tough stigma & # 39; to break through

Tom Derickx, former AFL star and model, has openly revealed his fight against mental health.

The 31-year-old shared his previous struggles with depression and urged people on the & # 39; tough stigma & # 39; to break through when they speak to The Daily Telegraph on Saturday.

& # 39; It all started when I moved from Perth to Melbourne. I was homesick, injured and thought I was abandoning my team and my coach, & Tom told the publication about depression during his sports career.

Mental health confession: Former Swan star and model Tom Derickx, 31, (photo) openly revealed his struggle with depression

Mental health confession: Former Swan star and model Tom Derickx, 31, (photo) openly revealed his struggle with depression

& # 39; Being home-to-home without any real friends, I struggled with depression and was actually pretty naive about what was going on, & # 39; he added.

The model and the new R U OK ambassador? suicide prevention charity urged people on the & # 39; tough stigma & # 39; to break through.

Tom explained that he & # 39; proudly & # 39; was on what he had experienced and how he got through it.

Difficult: & It all started when I moved from Perth to Melbourne. I was homesick, injured and thought I was abandoning my team and my coach, & Tom told the publication about depression during his sports career

Difficult: & It all started when I moved from Perth to Melbourne. I was homesick, injured and thought I was abandoning my team and my coach, & Tom told the publication about depression during his sports career

Difficult: & It all started when I moved from Perth to Melbourne. I was homesick, injured and thought I was abandoning my team and my coach, & Tom told the publication about depression during his sports career

Tom is a former professional AFL star who played for the Richmond Football Club and Sydney Swans.

The former AFL player is now a full-time carpenter, model and musician.

The last known girlfriend he had was the controversial model Megan Blake Irwin, 24, who was also romantically linked to Scott Disick.

A man with many talents: the former AFL player is now a full-time carpenter, model and musician and newest ambassador for the R U OK suicide prevention charity

A man with many talents: the former AFL player is now a full-time carpenter, model and musician and newest ambassador for the R U OK suicide prevention charity

A man with many talents: the former AFL player is now a full-time carpenter, model and musician and newest ambassador for the R U OK suicide prevention charity

Tom was previously rumored to have the Victoria & # 39; s Secret models Shanina Shaik and Gigi Hadid, whom he met through his agency IMG Models, which also has Irwin in his books.

In 2015, Tom went to Instagram to commemorate Gigi & # 39; s swirling visit to Sydney, with rumors that the couple was romantically connected.

& # 39; Climbing bridges last week with Oggie & # 39; s A-team, & # 39; Tom signed the photo.

In the snap, Gigi and Tom are accompanied by Gigi & # 39; s friend Leah McCarthy, IMG Model Manager Luis Mattos, and security professional Simon & # 39; Oggie & # 39; Ogden at the top of Sydney & # 39; s Harbor Bridge as part of the BridgeClimb experience.

Playing Tourist: It is after rumors that he was romantically associated with Gigi Hadid (R) after sharing a nostalgic break of the couple during her sparkling trip to Sydney in 2015

Playing Tourist: It is after rumors that he was romantically associated with Gigi Hadid (R) after sharing a nostalgic break of the couple during her sparkling trip to Sydney in 2015

Playing Tourist: It is after rumors that he was romantically associated with Gigi Hadid (R) after sharing a nostalgic break of the couple during her sparkling trip to Sydney in 2015

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