Five footballers ask for help following Gary Speed's death


Five footballers ask for help following Gary Speed's death

By Charlotte Fantelli

Whilst the football world is in mourning over the apparent suicide of Gary Speed, it appears that his death has spurred footballers to come forward and ask for help.

Obviously the shocking news of his death has caused shock and disbelief, but it also seems to have had a profound effect on other footballers who are in need of psychological help.

The Express reports five players have made contact with Sporting Chance, a clinic that helps athletes deal with drug, alcohol, and depression issues, following Speed's death.

Chief executive of Sporting Chance Peter Kay told the Express: “I’ve received emails and phone calls from five players since Gary Speed’s passing, all of whom have said, 'I have got to do something about this. I need help'.

"It is fair to say Gary’s death has prompted them to ask for help" he continued

This is a positive step forward, it is just a shame it takes a tragedy as big as what happened to Gary Speed and his family, to shine a light on these issues.

Peter Kay recognises the difficulties these athletes face "Actually admitting you need help is one of the hardest and bravest decisions to make" 

There is still a lot of mystery and unanswered questions surrounding Speed's shocking death, with family and friends reporting no apparent signs of depression, leading to the events of Sunday. Cheshire Police have opened an inquest.

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