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John Kirwan talks about Depression

All Blacks Don't Cry by John Kirwan
In this video ex All Black John Kirwan talks about his personal battle with depression and his role fronting a New Zealand depression awareness campaign. His openness has directly contributed to a higher awareness of depression, breaking down stereotypes about depression, particularly among men.

John Kirwan’s contribution to the depression campaign has been significant, and initial feedback from pre-testing results are confirmed by a national survey showing 78% of those surveyed recalled the advertisements, and of these 98% were positive about them. Both the survey and 0800 helpline callers have identified his personal honesty and openness as a key factor in the success of the campaign.

John Kirwan has since been appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to mental health awareness.

You can purchase John Kirwan's biography All Blacks Don't Cry: A Story of Hope from Fishpond.

Talia Mana


  1. vidoe has no sound

  2. Good to see John Kirwin having the guts to speak out about this, because it affects so many people.

    Thanks,i take my hat off to you.


    Johnny Sauce Pants

  3. John Kirwan is an inspiration to us all and especially me. He not only got me interested in watching rugby way back in 1987 World Cup but he made me realise that depression can be treated and that it is OK to ask for help.

    I too went through the same thing 2 years ago and I have come out the other side a better, stronger person.

    Thanks John


  4. Does it ever go away, I wonder, because it doesnt take much too head back into that dark hole when something goes wrong in ur life. Just because you know you have a mental disorder doesnt lighten the load, as I thought it would. Scarey.

  5. Im a 23 year old girl and have been living with this illness alone and your video really influenced me to seek help.thanks

  6. Thank you John for raising awareness..I wish family members would take the affected persons hand instead of burying their heads in the sand and hoping it will all go away - it doesn't! x

  7. I am a 29 year vision impaired person,and have spent the last four years living with the disorder, I never had friends at school as I was alway bullied intencely, and this as led to later in life having trust problems and finding it really hard to call anyone a friend I have tried going to counsoulling but that didn't seem to help, as I still can't let people into my life without feeling insecure around them and have no idea what to do please help


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