MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 22: Dayne Beams of the Magpies runs with the ball during the AFL Practice Match between Collingwood and Melbourne at Olympic Park Oval on February 22, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Collingwood star Dayne Beams has made a touching Instagram post regarding his leave from the club to address his mental health.

The Pies announced earlier today that the 29-year old has been granted indefinite leave from the club to deal with his issues.

The gun midfielder intends to return to the game once he is confident he can dedicate himself to football.

Beams opened up about the dark place he currently finds himself in.

“Just to follow on from the statement released today from the club . I am a broken man at the moment and this is very very real for myself and the people that I love at the moment,” Beams wrote.

“I am not posting this for people to feel sorry for me or to speculate about my life , I am posting this because this is an issue that I will continue to shine a light on because it is real and it can be so so debilitating if it’s not treated so I plead with anyone out there doing it tough just to tell someone because in doing that you are already taking the first steps towards recovery and living a happier and loving life.

“Think if this were your husband , wife , child , friend experiencing the lows that come with depression ask yourself what would you do for them . Lastly to my family thank you for inspiring me to beat this illness and always having my back . I love you all . Please start having the conversations and helping each other ❤️💙”

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Just to follow on from the statement released today from the club . I am a broken man at the moment and this is very very real for myself and the people that I love at the moment . I am not posting this for people to feel sorry for me or to speculate about my life , I am posting this because this is an issue that I will continue to shine a light on because it is real and it can be so so debilitating if it’s not treated so I plead with anyone out there doing it tough just to tell someone because in doing that you are already taking the first steps towards recovery and living a happier and loving life. Think if this were your husband , wife , child , friend experiencing the lows that come with depression ask yourself what would you do for them . Lastly to my family thank you for inspiring me to beat this illness and always having my back . I love you all . Please start having the conversations and helping each other ❤️💙

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