Golfeur professionnel, défenseur de la santé mentale et globe-trotter
Andrew Jensen is a professional golfer from Ottawa. In his teens, Andrew began to suffer with depression, culminating in a suicide attempt at 16 years old. In those difficult teenage years, golf was his refuge and the one place he felt meaning and purpose. It wasn’t until having to deal with the immense stress and pressure of professional golf that the game became his undoing.
After struggling through an extremely difficult rookie campaign in 2008, being dropped by his sponsors in 2009, and finally an injury in 2010, Andrew’s poor play and off course struggles re-opened the door for his depression and suicidal thoughts to enter his life. His 2011 season was his worst to date, forcing him to retire and give up on the game he loved for so many years. In the fall of 2011, two failed suicide attempts in a 3 week span had Andrew hospitalized. Most importantly, he was finally ready to get help and walk a road of recovery towards better health.
Returning to professional golf in 2013, Andrew gained status PGA Tour Canada. Though his starts were sparse, the Tour took it upon themselves to share Andrew’s story of strength and courage on the PGA Tour Canada TV show and YouTube channel. The response Andrew received helped him fully realize his place as an advocate for mental health across Canada.
Andrew now finds himself at the forefront of the dialogue on mental health and the effort to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health as public speaker traveling the country and sharing his story with charities, high schools, universities, and corporate Canada.
TÊTE À TÊTES - Depuis quatre ans, je parle ouvertement de ma dépression. Une dépression qui m'a mené à une tentative de suicide à 16 ans et deux à 27 ans. Une dépression qui est toujours présente et qui m'affecte encore aujourd'hui.