Buddy Franklin may help others buddy up

AFL star Lance Buddy Franklin admits he he dealing with mental health issues
AFL star Lance Buddy Franklin admits he he dealing with mental health issues Rob Wright

AFL star Buddy Franklin's admission he is struggling with a mental health condition will help others dealing in similar situations, according to the R U OK? campaign director Rebecca Lewis.

The Sydney Swans announced this week Buddy would not be playing in the first week of the finals because of an "ongoing mental health condition".

Speaking to the ABC for RUOK? Day yesterday, Ms Lewis said when high profile people such as Buddy Franklin admitted they were being treated for mental health conditions it helped people who may believe they were alone in their problems.

His admission comes a year after NRL star Darius Boyd took six months off football to be treated for depression.

If you or someone you know is in need of crisis or suicide prevention support, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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