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Tom Boyd | Paperback| August 2022
A memoir of football, mental health and resilience
A revealing and candid account of former AFL footballer Tom Boyd's struggle with mental health.
But success as a footballer came at a cost Tom wasn't prepared to pay. The intense scrutiny from media and the public added to the enormous expectations he placed upon himself, creating a toxic cycle of insomnia, anxiety and depression. Even being part of the Bulldogs' famous drought-breaking Premiership win in 2016, when Tom arguably played the greatest game of his career, could not fundamentally change the chronic mental health issues he was experiencing.
Tom decided to make one of the bravest calls of his life and walk away from the team he loved, from his hugely lucrative contract, from celebrity and adulation. He did it because he knew he was much more than the sum of these things, and that mental wellbeing was the one essential he could not ignore.
'Boyd has an important story to tell . . . That might yet prove every bit as valuable as the premiership medal he so firmly took hold of.' Herald Sun