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Carrick praises fellow footballer for openness about mental health issues

Monday 15th October 2018
Former footballer Michael Carrick has praised a fellow player Danny Rose for making it easier to go public with his own mental health problems.
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Former England footballer Michael Carrick has praised fellow international player Danny Rose for opening up about his mental health issues. 

Mr Carrick, who retired from playing at Manchester United in May and is now part of the club's coaching staff, recently revealed in his autobiography how he had to battle depression for two years between 2009 and 2011.

Speaking further about his struggles, he told the Press Association he found it easier to speak out after Tottenham and England player Rose went public with his own issues. 

The 37-year-old said: “The fact that some like Danny Rose came out quite recently and said it, that wasn’t a factor in me (putting in the book), but it’s great that he feels he can come out and be honest like he has."

Mr Carrick stated that he tried to deal with the problem himself, with nobody except his wife and some immediate family members having any knowledge of the situation. 

"In some ways I think I wish I had spoken to someone because again it might not have been as bad, but then that was just my way of dealing with it and coming through it," he remarked. 

The revelation may be a further indication of the way that the stigma over mental health has diminished to the point where people are able to go public with it. 

What mental health professionals may also note is that this is a further example of how even people with successful lives and careers can find themselves suffering.

Mr Rose had opened up about his mental health struggles ahead of the World Cup in June, revealing that after going through a "testing" time at club level with Tottenham he had been to see a psychologist and was diagnosed with depression.

He attributed the problem to a series of issues, including a long absence from the field with a  knee injury, his uncle's suicide, someone shooting at his brother, and his mother being racially abused. 

Written by Angela Newbury

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