About Stansfield Golf

As a former PGA of Canada Class A Professional, I’ve had the opportunity to work at some of the top courses and facilities within Canada, from Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club¬†to GolfTEC Vancouver. While on medical leave, I wanted to stay connected to the industry that’s given me so much over the years and provide a different viewpoint to all things golf.

If you’ve picked up the latest issue of Golf Digest, visited any number of Golf blogs on the internet or watched any of the programming on the Golf Channel, the “all things golf” generally covers the latest headlines from each respective tournament and the latest in equipment, etc. I too will stare longingly at the latest equipment prototypes and look at the latest headlines but does that same interest spread across every golfer or golf enthusiast?

This is where Stansfield Golf will allow you the reader to have more control – I grew up with my Dad being a public figure and the thing that always stood out, was the importance he put on being accessible to both the public and the media. I give you full access to both my everyday life through The LAB Project and invite you to join me in discussing the latest happenings around the golf industry.

The mission is simple… Stansfield Golf will create an all access pass to all things golf while also serving as a platform to spread mental health awareness and fight the stigma attached to those suffering from mental illness.

Thanks for swinging by,

Matt Stansfield

Stansfield Golf

My Story

The LAB Project

The success of StansfieldGolf.com has allowed me to use it as a platform to create an awareness for mental health and help to end the stigma attached to mental illness.

In sharing my story, specifically my battle with being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and ADHD, it’s my hope that I can not only help to end the stigma attached to mental illness but provide inspiration for others to share their stories and know that they’re never alone.

I was in Grade 5 the first time I’d attempted to take my own life; going to school became my nightmare and crying myself to sleep every night became my nightly routine. We had just moved to Kelowna from Vancouver two years prior and my struggles were passed off as challenges transitioning into a new school/life and kids being kids. As the years went on, however, it became evident that my struggles were more serious than just challenges transitioning into life in Kelowna.

There were visits to a cognitive behavioural therapist, visits to the Doctor and stretches of being on anti-depressants but the feelings of hopelessness grew deeper and deeper. The only feelings I recognized were of hopelessness and of anger… the worse my battle became, the more I shut myself off from the world and the more I created a world that when viewed from the outside, everything appeared to be improving.

I put my body through its own form of torture and continuously hit rock bottom but the days, months and years continued to pass by and I was still here. It should’ve been a sign that I was meant to be here… I wanted to believe that, unfortunately, the only thing I wanted was for it to be over. I didn’t have anymore fight in me, I was exhausted and I didn’t see an end in sight.

That was never more true than losing my Dad to cancer after a six year battle with multiple myeloma. How could I cope with him not being here when I could barely cope with my mental health before he died? The answer to that question came in the reality of needing to be here for my Mom, my Brothers and my family. I couldn’t take the easy way out… I couldn’t put this family through more loss. I needed to silence the feelings of darkness in a way that didn’t result in my being a statistic of suicide.

It’s been an unbelievable struggle and continues to be. I’ve ended up in the ER room when I promised myself that I wouldn’t become a statistic or put my family through more loss. I’ve been in and out of the psychiatric wards, underwent ECT treatment, talked to more Doctors and will continue seeking treatment. Most importantly, I’ll continue talking about it and sharing my story via The LAB Project. It slowly becomes easier to talk about, I add more chapters to my story that I couldn’t share before and I become increasingly more involved in mental health awareness and helping to end the stigma attached to those who like me battle mental health on a daily basis.

There’s adversity everyday that you’ll face and it’s not always going to be easy. With that being said, it’s better than the alternative and you’ll slowly be able to cope better each and every day… you’re never alone and no one ever deserves to suffer in silence.

Thanks for swinging by,

Matt Stansfield

Stansfield Golf

 

The LAB Project

The LAB Project

I created StansfieldGolf.com with a commitment to providing an all access pass to all things golf. In continuing that commitment, I’ve partnered with the team at the Tour Performance Lab and am excited to announce the creation of The LAB Project.

Follow along with The LAB Project here

A project that will give you an inside look as I work with the team at the Tour Performance Lab to return to playing golf again and overcome the challenges I face on a daily basis on and off the golf course having been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It’s our hope that giving you an all access pass to the LAB project will inspire others facing the same challenges and encourage those who are looking to take the next step in realizing their goals and dreams.

Thanks for swinging by,

Matt Stansfield

Stansfield Golf

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