Dunbar Golf Club champion Marc Simants swung into action this week to help raise vital funds for Scotland’s national charity for depression.
Inspired by his own personal battle, the 32-year-old married father-of-two has raised £2,500 for Action on Depression with a charity golf day on Monday at Dunbar Golf Club. The event was a sell out and 80 participants from across East Lothian took part.
As well as prizes for every hole, the day was topped off with a dinner and raffle - the top prize being a one-to-one private golf lesson around St Andrew’s golf course with PGA Professional Alastair Love.
Having had first-hand experience of how people with depression often suffer without others knowing, Marc hoped that by shining the spotlight on mental health the event would raise much needed awareness as well as vital funds for Action on Depression.
He wished he had sought help sooner, saying: “Having spent time in hospital due to severe depression I am very aware of how a lot of people struggle with an illness that no one else can see.
“Looking back I wish I hadn’t held it all in for so long and had spoken to someone about how I was feeling.”
Over the years he has also come to realise the importance of sport in alleviating his symptoms and improving his wellbeing.