Andrew Jensen spent the better part of Wednesday working his way up the leaderboard on the eGolf Gateway Tour in North Carolina.
While the day was a success for the Ottawa born golf pro, with a score of 69 (-3) that put him into a share of 16th place, he knew there was more to come for him on this “hump” day.
On Wednesday evening, the video he was the subject of as part of the #GolfCanadaGolf campaign was revealed.
The videos are part of collaborative effort of various golf associations to share the incredible stories of Canadian golfers and what the game has meant to them. Their home base is GolfCanadaGolf.ca
Throughout 2015 the 31 year-old has been working with the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) to conduct clinics for their young participants. Andrew’s Long Drive www.andrewslongdrive.com has been educating juniors not only about golf but mental health issues as well.
It’s a subject Jensen knows far too well. He has suffered from depression for much of his life. Instead of hiding it from others, as he used to do, he is now using his voice to let those who suffer know they do not need to be silent, or alone.
Jensen is flattered that he has a chance to share his story in another way that may help others.
“It’s a huge honour to be added to the campaign with the likes of Brooke (Henderson), Alena (Sharp), and Wendall Clark,” Jensen told Flagstick.com from North Carolina.
“The Golf Canada Foundation has taken a brave step to add their voice to the conversation about mental health; I’m incredibly grateful that they reached out and asked to use my story. This is a big step in the conversation, to have our national governing body want to get involved and add a voice.”
The Bell Let’s Talk Ambassador is hoping that by sharing he can help erase the stigma that mental health issues place on people. It’s been his mission, one finding an audience through many media and personal appearances.
Each time he talks about depression and mental health, Jensen’s determination to inspire others can been seen. Not just through the words from his mouth but those etched permanently into his arm.
“I am living a story. I will not give up,” says his tattoo.
It’s a wise message for others to follow, no matter who they are…or what they may be enduring.
This is his story.