Greg Inglis has opened up about his mental health struggles, revealing that intensive therapy sessions have helped him get back on track.
In early May it was reported that Inglis had checked himself in to a mental health facility, with the star Rabbitoh spending three weeks receiving treatment.
Speaking on Fox Sports' Sunday Ticket with Matty Johns, Inglis said that he is still getting help. Listen to the full interview below.
“It was taught at a very young age to toughen up, play on and get on with it," Inglis said.
“It had a lot of weight on my family about the mood I was in around home, so I just decided right there and then, in the week leading into the ANZAC test in Canberra, that I wanted to seek help.
“I told a handful of people and then from there, after the ANZAC test, the following week I went into rehab."
When asked what influenced his decision to seek help, Inglis said it came down to several factors.
“I think it all struck me at first when I knew I was out for the season. It wasn’t just the injury itself, it was actually missing being around the boys in the sheds - the camaraderie, the talk the laughter. Everything that goes with it.
“I thought for myself, I didn’t really want to speak out. But then I took it upon myself because it was weighing on my family … and I just wanted to seek the help that I needed. I’m still seeking treatment now.
“I’m a very sensitive person but I don’t show emotions very much or talk about my feelings very often."
There is a 'warrior' culture in rugby league, which Inglis said was largely a reason why players may not speak up if they need help.
“It’s because we see ourselves as fierce gladiators, as men, as warriors who take to the field each week.
“It ain’t weak to speak.”
If you or someone you know needs help, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.