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David Weatherston Article About Depression In Sport


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A very good blog from him and the reason why at the age of 31 he is quitting the game. Just shows that the attitude towards depression has to change, not just in sport but overall. Depression is just not about feeling down and wanting off work, it sometimes is a matter of life and death and the pain and hurt it costs families, friends and the person who is hiding it from everyone.

It saddens me when I read in the papers people young and old who take their lives because of depression because they cannot get the help that they need, either through stigma or due to the cut backs in mental health service by a callus London Government. I know people who are having to wait 3 - 6 months just to get an appointment just to get help with mental issues, never mind the long wait many people have to wait (sometimes up to a year) to actually see a psychologists. by then, sometimes it is too late as the person needing the help has either killed themselves or slipped further into depression that sometimes there is no way out.

http://likeaweatherstone.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/hiding-nerves-and-anxiety-in-football.html

 

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2 minutes ago, TheDarkBlues said:

A very good blog from him and the reason why at the age of 31 he is quitting the game. Just shows that the attitude towards depression has to change, not just in sport but overall. Depression is just not about feeling down and wanting off work, it sometimes is a matter of life and death and the pain and hurt it costs families, friends and the person who is hiding it from everyone.

It saddens me when I read in the papers people young and old who take their lives because of depression because they cannot get the help that they need, either through stigma or due to the cut backs in mental health service by a callus London Government. I know people who are having to wait 3 - 6 months just to get an appointment just to get help with mental issues, never mind the long wait many people have to wait (sometimes up to a year) to actually see a psychologists. by then, sometimes it is too late as the person needing the help has either killed themselves or slipped further into depression that sometimes there is no way out.

http://likeaweatherstone.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/hiding-nerves-and-anxiety-in-football.html

 

your spot on t.d.b. as a social care worker in the community this happens on a daily basis where the system

fails people that are needing help right now. it always happens when waiting on appointments getting sent out

it's often to late. sufferer's of m.h. need help now and not months down the line. all imo of course.

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Think there is a lack of supporting funds to address these issue. But I also think even today, there's also a lack of understanding, specialised knowledge, education & trainiing And even common, everyday, general understanding, about what has been shown to be, a very complex issue, that can affect anyone, irregardels of their general health & financial circumstances (although most would agree I'm sure) being out of work, & suffering debt & financial hardships, goes hand in hand with depression & suffering mental health issues.  Finally to add, it has little  to do with intelligence. or attitude.

Although I do have a personal and professional experience of some of these issues above, I accept others will hold different views.

There is no easy answer to this problem or condition. But it should never be simply dismissed. Even professionals at times do this.

Some progress has been made in this & similar areas, since the Dark Old Days. Possibly the predjudiced attititude is  easing a little.

(Take above as no more or less, than just another personal opinion)

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6 hours ago, islaydarkblue said:

Unfortunately it seems to a British problem where people prefer to “suffer in silence”  rather than ask for help. Perhaps they think it is a sign of weakness which of course it is not.

There is a “well known” saying ‘A problem shared is a problem halved’.

Do you Islay (or any others) suffer from depression or mental health problems.

And if so, are you comfortable to discuss it with those close to you, who may be able to offer support?

(No need at all to answer that question here. But I have said I do)

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4 hours ago, Gedee said:

PERSONAL QUESTION. Do you Islay (or any others) suffer from depression or mental health problems.

And if so, are you comfortable to discuss it with those close to you, who may be able to offer support?

(No need at all to answer that question here. But I have said I do)

Hi Gedee, 

I do not suffer from depression or mental health problems. However last Sat**day afternoon from about 16.40 to 16.50 I went from the depths of despair to the joy of elation when we equalised in the 84th minute and then Simon Murray scored the winner in the 90th minute against Partick Thistle.

I am able to discuss any health problems I have with my wife especially with what has happened during the last 12 months and she can discuss any health issues she might have with me.

We are not afraid to speak to our GP regarding any health issues.

 

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6 hours ago, islaydarkblue said:

Unfortunately it seems to a British problem where people prefer to “suffer in silence”  rather than ask for help. Perhaps they think it is a sign of weakness which of course it is not.

There is a “well known” saying ‘A problem shared is a problem halved’.

I much prefer 'a problem shared is a buck passed'.  :D

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1 hour ago, islaydarkblue said:

Hi Gedee, 

I do not suffer from depression or mental health problems. However last Sat**day afternoon from about 16.40 to 16.50 I went from the depths of despair to the joy of elation when we equalised in the 84th minute and then Simon Murray scored the winner in the 90th minute against Partick Thistle.

I am able to discuss any health problems I have with my wife especially with what has happened during the last 12 months and she can discuss any health issues she might have with me.

We are not afraid to speak to our GP regarding any health issues.

 

Thanks for response Islay ...

Both yourself & your wife, will be aware, that you are in the fortunate position (& have the confidence) to discuss this, with each other, your GP & your friends & associates (careful tho' wi these pesky island fowk) ... Many others are not so fortunate.

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37 minutes ago, Gedee said:

Thanks for response Islay ...

Both yourself & your wife, will be aware, that you are in the fortunate position (& have the confidence) to discuss this, with each other, your GP & your friends & associates (careful tho' wi these pesky island fowk) ... Many others are not so fortunate.

Hi Gedee,

Thank you for your post.

In my opionion I think that the problem lies with people being frightened to speak to family and friends about their problems preferring to “bottle it up”. Some people take to the drink as a solution. In the past families were very close knit and problems were resolved within their family but with families now much more scattered it is now more difficult.

 

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1 hour ago, Cobra said:

On a related note I was disappointed to read that Cowdenbeath player David Cox was targeted by fans and fellow players after having the courage to talk about his mental health issues.

I think that it was shocking that David Cox’s fellow players and fans “sl*gged him off” for speaking out about his mental health issues.

These players and fans should be “named and shamed” if they know who they are.

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