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Dave Hughes opens up about his mental health

Dave Hughes has revealed on the ABC’s Q&A he may have schizophrenia after smoking pot and battling depression during his formative years.
Dave Hughes

The comedian is known for his sharp wit.

We know and love him as the happy-go-lucky comedian. But on Monday night, Dave Hughes showed off a more sensitive side when he shared his personal experiences with cannabis and the impact it has had on his life.

The 44-year-old spoke candidly, admitting when he was 21 he suffered from depression and decided to quit drinking and smoking cannabis all together.

“I was drinking heavily and smoking marijuana and I went to my mother,” he explained.

Dave told his mum, who was a registered nurse, about the scary episodes he was having at night.

“I said, ‘Mum I think I have schizophrenia.’”

She then took him to a doctor, who advised him to stop dabbling with the booze and illicit substances.

“It took me courage to say to my Mum ‘I think I have an issue here’ and we went to the doctor together and I felt so much better just having told people about it and the road to recovery started then.”

“I don’t drink at all. I think the toughest man at the pub is surrounded by a group of drinkers and says, ‘no, I’ll be right’,” he said.

The brave-funny-man brought to light a serious issue that many men face in this country and hopefully with more people coming forward with their experiences it will inspire others to reach out for help .

If you need help, don’t hesitate to contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Beyond Blue: 1800 22 46 36

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