In 2012 Gareth Andrews established Life Again. Having suffered depression at 55, he realised that for many years he had under-performed in many aspects of his life, or at least felt he had. Outwardly he had experienced the trappings of success, but inwardly he had struggled. This struggle had an enormous effect on his career, his family, his friends and people around him.
It had a massive effect on him. He recognised that he was not alone in this. By speaking publicly, working with Corporations, writing, and receiving media coverage he started to take his message to the market of men. They have embraced his ideas.
“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them”
David Thoreau – American author, poet and philosopher
Through a long and successful business career, Gareth Andrews knows about challenges and change.
Gareth Andrews has based Life Again around his own life story and experiences. He has worn many hats through sport, media, business, charitable and social issues, and family.
His football career has spanned 50 years in the VFL/AFL, firstly as a player from 1965-1975 with Geelong and Richmond, including being a member of the 1974 Richmond Premiership team, and then as CEO of Richmond in the late 1970’s. He worked for ABC Radio and Television throughout the 1980’s and then as a football analyst with the Sunday Age through the 1990’s.
He was Vice President of the Geelong Cats for 15 years from 1998, being an integral part of the club through its hugely successful era.
He was joint founder of the AFL players association in 1974 and its President in 1975.
Having sold his successful businesses, Gareth is now enjoying promoting his passion, the Life Again Foundation, which aims to inspire men to be their best.
Since its earliest beginnings Gareth received an overwhelmingly positive response to his message. People who knew him probably assumed that his life had always been smooth sailing and the public saw his as being tall, deep voiced and confident.
Gareth was all of these and none of these. He was qualified to tell HIS story not as a life coach, not as a qualified counsellor, not as a therapist and not as a preacher.
He had a wisdom borne of experience; having been broke, divorced, depressed and anxious.
Taking a huge risk in getting his message out in the market, he found an honesty and freedom he had never before experienced.
He sees his role in Life Again as starting the conversation about the male experience, which is sadly about men stoically being unwilling to unburden themselves.