Title Clarke Carlisle has spelt it out: retiring from sport can be a traumatic loss Degree of recognition National Media name/outlet The Guardian Media type Web Country/Territory United Kingdom Date 5/02/15 Description The former footballer Clarke Carlisle has revealed that he had been trying to take his own life when he was hit by a lorry in December.
Carlisle, who retired as a player in 2013 and had been chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association, told the Sun newspaper that he had faced an 18-month battle with depression since leaving the game.
Sadly, many other sportspeople have faced the same difficulties, either during or at the end of their careers. Two years ago Carlisle himself presented a BBC TV programme about depression within his sport, titled Football’s Suicide Secret, which was commissioned in the aftermath of footballer Gary Speed’s suicide. The Olympic champion athlete Kelly Holmes discussed her self-harming, and her contemplation of suicide, many years ago. And John Kirwan, the famous All Black rugby player spoke publicly about his depression and has set up mental health awareness campaigns in New Zealand.
Producer/Author Louise Ellis URL https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/05/clarke-carlisle-retiring-sport-professional-athletes-depression Persons Louise Ellis