Sydney Roosters star Angus Crichton opens up on harrowing mental health battle: ‘Police had just Tasered me’

  •  Angus Crichton talks about his struggles over last 12 months
  •  The Roosters star was diagnosed with bipolar disorder
  •  Speaks about being admitted to mental health facility

Sydney Roosters star Angus Crichton has lifted the lid on his mental health struggles after stepping away from rugby league last season while dealing with bipolar disorder.

On the eve of the 2024 NRL season, the 28-year-old veteran forward has spoken about being admitted to a psychiatric facility in France at the end of 2022 and his battles with the condition after arriving home.

It was rumoured that Crichton had ‘fried his brain’ on magic mushrooms while overseas, but Crichton says those reports are inaccurate – though not denying he took the substance.

‘It’s called a manic episode,’ Crichton told The Sydney Morning Herald. 

‘I was just manic. I wasn’t sleeping. I wasn’t thinking clearly or making good decisions. No one got hurt, no one got injured, but I was super energetic and very different to my normal self.

Roosters star Angus Crichton has spoken out about his mental health struggles 

Crichton says the 'wheels started to fall off' when he was holidaying in France

Crichton says the ‘wheels started to fall off’ when he was holidaying in France 

‘When I was in Amsterdam, nothing happened in terms of a reaction. We had a great time. When I was in France, I was sober. I wasn’t even drunk. I had no substances there at all, but that was when the wheels started to fall off a bit.’

Crichton was prescribed medication and received treatment in mental health facilities while over there. His parents later flew to France and soon had their son on a plane back to Australia.

The footy star didn’t respond well to the medication he was put on, with his body metabolising it quicker than the average person. 

‘People wanted to constantly stay at my house with me,’ he said. ‘They wanted to come over and make sure I was taking medication.

‘I had to FaceTime them and prove I was taking my medication. That was at a time when I was saying, ‘I don’t need to take medication. I don’t want to take medication’.’

His family and manager had a rule that if Crichton hadn’t done a video call to prove he’d taken his medication by midnight each day, they’d be forced to call the police.

Which brings us to the night he was tasered and taken away to a mental rehabilitation facility. 

‘The police had just tasered me … they strapped me to this stretcher and tasered me. Imagine if you had a bunch of policemen and paramedics trying to strap you to a bed for what you thought was no reason,’ he said. 

Crichton was tasered, strapped to a bed and taken to a psychiatric facility

Crichton was tasered, strapped to a bed and taken to a psychiatric facility

What is bipolar disorder and how is it managed?

Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, can cause people to have extreme mood swings.

It gives them episodes of depression – feeling very low and lethargic – and mania, feeling very high and overactive.

Each extreme episode of the condition can last for several weeks, and some sufferers may not often experience a ‘normal’ mood.

Treatment options for managing bipolar disorder include mood stabilisers or psychological treatment, such as talking therapy.

Doing regular exercise and planning activities that give a sense of achievement are also recommended by the NHS.

Bipolar disorder is believed to be caused by extreme stress, overwhelming problems and life-changing events – as well as genetic and chemical factors.


‘What I didn’t realise at the time was that my dad had called them because he was scared.’

The Roosters star also took the time to address some of the rumours that were flying around about him.

‘I had the outside world trying to figure out what the hell was going on,’ he said.

‘It became a bit of a circus. People creating ridiculous rumours. I heard about the text messages. It was crazy. A lot of it wasn’t true and it was tarnishing my reputation. It was some of the most far-fetched things.

‘I can tell you now, I haven’t put on a Souths shirt since I left the club. Saying that I rocked up to training in a Souths jersey asking where Madge [former Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire] was. 

‘That just flat out didn’t happen.’

Crichton will not feature in the Roosters first game in Las Vegas, but is making big strides towards getting his career back on track. 

‘I’m definitely a more resilient person for what I went through,’ he said.

‘And if my time at the Roosters is coming to an end, I want to leave with people thinking, ‘That Angus Crichton is a bloody good player’. I’m working to get that.

‘I’m working to put a bit of respect back on my name.’

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