Mental health is a big problem within football and there’s been a lot of high-profile cases regarding superstars and their struggles with one of the biggest problems for men in Britain.
One of the more recent cases emerged earlier this year concerning Everton winger Aaron Lennon, as the 30-year-old was detained by police under the mental health act over concerns for his welfare.
Thankfully, Lennon recovered and the BBC have confirmed the former Tottenham Hotspur ace returned to training at Everton’s Finch Farm complex today along with the rest of his team-mates, including long-term absentees Seamus Coleman and Yannick Bolasie.
Lennon’s return is certainly a relief, and a huge win for the battle against mental health, but the warnings sent out earlier this year by the England international’s struggles are a further indication that more needs to be done to help footballers and other young men in the country.
Men’s Health Forum states a remarkable 12.5% of men in the United Kingdom suffer from mental health problems and there is still a stigma surrounding men and mental health issues that needs to be shaked, as it’s an issue that can effect anyone- regardless of any financial position or standing footballers are perceived to have.
Thankfully, The FA is aware of the problems and is vowing to end mental health discrimination but cases like Lennon’s show there is a lot of work to be done- although it’s also evidence that you can get through these issues and come out fighting on the other side.