Welcome to the second series of Treading Water. In this episode, we have the honor of speaking with Izzy Dagg, a remarkable individual who has faced one of the biggest challenges of his life – admitting he had depression and seeking help. For Izzy, putting his ego aside was no easy feat. He carried a heavy burden of stigma, believing that as Israel Dag, he shouldn’t be weak. The idea of relying on medication to navigate the day-to-day grind seemed unnecessary and undeserving. After all, on the surface, he appeared happy to everyone else. However, deep down, his wife saw the truth – he wasn’t truly happy. Sport became Izzy’s sanctuary, a place where he could be himself, where Israel could shine through with a smile on his face. Growing up in a challenging environment, with limited resources and opportunities, sport became his love and passion. But even within the realm of sports, Izzy couldn’t escape the weight of his mental health struggles.
September 8, 2023