In 2015, Jake Spence, referred to by his stage name Apollo Jackson on the latest season of The Bachelorette, suffered a heart attack at just 22 years old.
He was at a friend’s house following a 14 hour shift, when he experienced what he describes as a “boom” in his chest.
Spence was in critical care for two weeks and says that during that time he entirely “reassessed his life”.
In a short period prior to the heart attack, he had put on 40 kilos.
“I was crazy stressed,” Spence told Now to Love last month. “So I ended up overweight… I was not happy and went through a bit of depression.”
“I think over the last two years since I’ve had my rough patch, I’ve just developed so much as a person,” Spence told Mamamia. “I’ve developed in terms of what I stand for and what’s important to me and where my focus is.”
The biggest thing that helped him overcome his mental health struggles was “getting out there and doing stuff.”
“The more you just sit around and dwell on things, the worse it gets. It’s like a pressure cooker,” Spence said.
“You’ve got to release that pressure. You’ve got to have your therapies.”
Spence said his great network of friends also pulled him through.
But the thing that saved him, he believes, was a shift in mindset.