Brad Hogg is a cult hero of the Big Bash League, star of the international T20 circuit and proud former Australian test cricketer. From his childhood cricket obsession growing up Williams in rural Western Australia, to the day he donned the baggy green, Brad overcame numerous setbacks and challenges. His trademark charisma, self-deprecating humour and honesty often masked his bouts of self-doubt. During a seven-year gap between his first and second Test appearances, he turned his hand to a variety of jobs, most famously hitting the streets as a postie. Through persistence and enthusiasm, he won his way back into the national team, and was twice part of Australia’s champion World Cup sides. From the bush to the MCG and beyond, overcoming crippling insecurity and suicidal thoughts, Brad’s self-acceptance has been hard won. By getting involved with Lifeline WA Brad hopes to encourage people to open up and to see that there is someone that can help. In 2017, Brad spoke publicly of his experience of depression at Lifeline WA’s Black Diamond Gala Dinner and regularly promotes Lifeline WA’s suicide prevention services at speaking engagements and through the media.
Brad has a particular interest in Men’s Mental Health and is currently working on a joint project with Lifeline WA and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy called “A Resourceful Life - Hoggy talks to everyday heroes”. This project will feature a series of videos that aim to help to reduce the stigma around mental ill-health and encourage people to reach out and seek help when they need it.
Everyone struggles at times – the key is to reach out for help as early as possible to increase the chances of a faster recovery. It often helps to hear stories from others who are in the same situation as you or have a chat with a friend or a family member, but there’s also the option to speak with a professional or call Lifeline on 13 11 14 if someone needs more specific help.