Young NRL star opens up on mental health struggles

Melbourne Storm star Curtis Scott has lifted the lid on the mental health battles he has overcome this year after a difficult season on and off the field.

The 22 year old won a premiership in 2017 with the Storm but admittedly came into this year struggling with anxiety and depression which saw him isolate himself from his friends and family.

Add to that, a serious broken foot which robbed him of most of the 2019 season, and Scott had to battle past some serious obstacles to take back to the field for Melbourne’s final two games of the season, including a start in the centres in the preliminary final defeat to Sydney Roosters, which saw him rewarded with a place in the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII side.

“Let’s just say I hit rock bottom, you couldn’t have got any lower,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald.

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“I was doing my dream job of being a rugby league player, but then you get to the point you don’t want to get out of bed in the morning, it gets pretty sad.

“I was banking on all my problems going away if I could play just one good game, I played one of the best games to date against Parramatta, then I break my foot. I had to quickly learn I couldn’t rely on football [to feel better].

“I was struggling with mental health. And once I got rid of the people who were making my life worse, I was sweet.”