MAFS' Jake Edwards resigns as CEO of his mental health charity

Jake Edwards, who appeared on the most recent season of Married At First Sight, has stepped down as CEO from his own mental health charity.

The news comes after the 33-year-old broke up with his post-show girlfriend Sophie Guidolin and spent time at a wellness retreat.

Jake Edwards on MAFS
Jake was paired with MAFS bride Beck Zemek on the show. Photo: Instagram/jake_edwards_official

Jake took to Instagram on Thursday to announce his decision, after establishing Outside the Locker Room six years ago to help others struggling with their mental health.

“Over that time I put together a program to educate and support young people, which has now been delivered to over 400 sporting clubs and schools across Australia,” he wrote alongside a gallery of photos from his time at the organisation.

“It’s been an opportunity which has allowed me to connect and tell my story to thousands of people, many who were struggling with their own challenges. It’s been a privilege I will be forever grateful for.”

The former AFL star went on to say that it’s time for his charity to find new leadership, while he embarks on his “next chapter”.


A number of MAFS grooms commented on the post showing their support for Jake.

“Bright future ahead bro,” Bryce Ruthven wrote.

“You’ve set the standard brother,” Patrick Dwyer shared.

Liam Cooper added: “Well done mate! Good luck on the new adventure. Look forward to seeing what it is.”

Jake Edwards working for his charity.
Jake told his followers that he will be “forever grateful” for his time working for the charity. Photo: Instagram/jake_edwards_official

The announcement comes after Jake shared an emotional video on Instagram last week from a wellness retreat, updating fans that he has “been able to find some answers” after taking some time away.

“My mental health got to a point that I needed to step away, and that’s what I did,” he revealed to his 98k followers.

“One of the toughest things in life is to put your hand up and admit that you need help, and I was fortunate enough to be able to come away to a place like this with the full support of my family and friends.

“As hard and as challenging as it’s been and confronting and many tears along the way, it’s changed my life and it’s probably saved my life as well.”

Jake Edwards at a mental health retreat.
Jake admitted that taking time away for his mental health “probably saved my life”. Photo: Instagram/jake_edwards_official

If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800

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