RIP Gary Speed a footballing legend

Gary Speed found hanged aged 42

By Charlotte Fantelli

Footballing legend Gary Speed has been found dead at his home on the outskirts of Cheshire, aged just 42. It is hard to know what to write under such circumstances, how does one sum up a great man and such a tragedy? At this point speculation is rife and shock seems to be the overriding sense in the footballing community - how could such a professional, talented individual with seemingly so much to live for, be gone?

No-one knows what led to Gary Speed footballing legend, husband and father, being found hanged yesterday (Sun 27th November). It is yet undetermined what led this seemingly charmed man to such devistating of actions. It is unhelpful to speculate until further details come to light, but I wanted to write this article to provide sources of help for others that may be feeling how Gary did, before he took such drastic action. 


So where do you turn for help?

It can be very difficult to seek help at times of emotional distress, especially with the added pressures of being a well known and respected individual. Mental health issues, suicidal intentions, depression and other afflictions are still stigmatised, yet 1 in 4 of us will at some point in our lives suffer with an 'mental illness'.

Mental Healthy free resources 




External websites

Mental Health Foundation


SANELine 0845 767 8000

Samaritains 08457 90 90 90 ROI: 1850 60 90 90

Our thoughts and prayers are with Gary's family and friends at this sad time. If you or someone you know has been affected by suicide you too can get support from the sources above.

Find out more about the specific mental health issues facing athletes.

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