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Tom Tilley Recovers From Motocross Crash With Heartfelt Message About His Mental Health

"I'm not trying to say too much or even learn too much because in reality I'm just another dickhead who stacked a dirt bike."

18/10/2017 12:30 PM AEDT | Updated 18/10/2017 12:30 PM AEDT
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It's been a rough few weeks for Tom Tilley. Triple J's Hack presenter came under fire for interviewing white nationalists on his show, then he became a meme for the far-right.

Then, in early October Tilley had to pull out of his Hack hosting duties after he was involved in a motocross crash. In a video he shared to his Facebook, Tilley explained he flipped his bike mid-air resulting in several injuries including a broken thumb and foot.

On Tuesday, Tilley posted a lengthy message on his Facebook detailing his experience of recovery and how it affected his mental health.

Describing "The moment that really cut through?" Tilley wrote, "It took me by surprise. It was the simple act of asking my little brother for help".

"I completely lost it, over the phone, weeping. I hung up, then wept again."

"I'm now trying to understand why that hit me so hard. Can it be harder to reach out to those that are closest? Is it a male thing?"

Tilley went on to describe how often he had heard of men struggling to ask help, describing the masculine sense of pride as a "delicate flower". But he also used the experience to reflect on his personal fortunes.

"This relatively painful experience resulted from recreation. Not as a result of harassment, violence or the systematic discrimination that disrupts and destroys the daily lives of so many other people. It also reminds me how lucky we are to have a strong and relatively equitable health care system."

Comments on the post have been full of support, with Tilley's followers sharing their own experiences of feeling vulnerable when it comes to asking for help.

"I'm 40 next year and I still find it hard to ask for help," one commenter wrote, "learn well from the lessons presented to you, and most of all remember you aren't alone in dark times".

You can read Tilley's full post on his Facebook page which, just to be clear, he didn't "bash out on a codeine binge lol".

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