14/02/2016 6:31 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST

AFL Star Mitch Clark Shares Shocking Instagram Picture After Sickening Trolls Mock His Mental Illness

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Mitch Clark of the Cats kicks during the round one AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Geelong Cats at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 6, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Warning: This post contains a shocking image that may disturb some readers.

AFL star Mitch Clark has posted a graphic image on Instagram to reveal the horrifying abuse he suffers at the hands of trolls about his mental illness.

Clark, who plays for Geelong, has been outspoken about living with serious depression and took a lengthy spell away from the game to deal with his health in 2014.

He has become an ambassador for mental health in the game and offered support to the likes of Lance Franklin, who similarly stepped away from AFL late last year.

But this weekend Clark shared a shocking picture on social media that was sent to him, featuring what appears to be a photoshopped noose around his neck.

Clark said in doing so he hoped that others would find the strength to speak out and embrace others with mental illness.

"Receiving photos like this with a message attached which I will not repeat show me that we still have a long way to go in understanding mental health," Clark wrote.

"It also pushes me further in wanting to educate those that don't know any better."

Receiving photos like this with a message attached which I will not repeat show me that we still have a long way to go...

Posted by Mitch Clark on Saturday, 13 February 2016

"Let's break down the stigma," the post continues.

"For those who are struggling, please know that you're not alone. We're in this together #youareloved."

Clark was inundated with messages of support against the sickening abuse he has been forced to endure.

If you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For further information about depression contact beyondBlue on 1300224636 or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.