Thank you God…at long last…a top sportsman tells it as it is.
Thousands of young boys in the UK are aspiring to follow in the foot-steps of their sports hero’s and yet not one, because of a totally inadequate educational system, will be equipped to deal with the real pressures that comes with a professional sporting life.
O.K. O.K. I get all the “but they get paid fucking huge sums, so what have they got to be stressed about” arguments, but such statements fail to understand that behind the wealth and all its trappings can be a human being struggling with a shed load of toxic shit. Look smack Mr Obscenely Wealthy in the mouth and he will hurt as much and Mr Obscenely Poor.
Psychological and emotional pain is not eradicated by wealth; pain is a by-product of the human experience regardless of what side of the track you are on.
For far too long men have held onto the fucking ridiculous macho belief that to hide feelings is somehow tough…absolute BOLLOCKS…it’s an out-dated view, handed down through each generation by our ancestors whose in all probability were struggling terribly because of their fucked up beliefs.
MEN ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO HIDE NEGATIVE FEELINGS…that was never in nature’s equation but because we do, most of our thoughts and associated behaviours end up sabotaging the amazing person we were born to be and this is why millions of men around the UK are seriously struggling with mental illnesses and why more and more organisations, like us at MANSTRESS, are trying to encourage men to open up.
I wrote a piece recently entitled what you hide will ‘control’ you…it should have read ‘destroy’ or even ‘kill’ you…you simply cannot ignore the facts…4 times more men than women commit suicide in this country…Oh yes and what our women good at…BLOODY WELL TALKING!!!…now do you get it??
In my home county of Norfolk last year 84 males ended their lives and I would wager that in most cases the family and friends did not have a clue just how badly they were suffering…Why? Yep THEY HID THEIR FEELINGS because of the same fucked up thinking that others will be adhering to as they prepare to leap from the top floor of a multi-storey car park.…
England footballer Danny Rose has rightly been widely praised for speaking so honestLy and we at MANSTRESS salute him…
Danny Rose’s story as featured on BBC web page.
England defender Danny Rose has revealed he has had depression, which he says was triggered by a combination of injury and family tragedy.
The Tottenham full-back, 27, disclosed his illness in a frank interview with several national newspapers.
“It’s no secret that I’ve been through a testing time at Tottenham this season,” said Rose.
“It led to me seeing a psychologist and I was diagnosed with depression, which nobody knows about.”
He added: “I haven’t told my mum or my dad, and they are probably going to be really angry reading this, but I’ve kept it to myself until now.”
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‘England has been my salvation’
Rose said the treatment of a knee injury sustained in January 2017 – which saw him sidelined for eight months – was the start of a period of personal turmoil.
“My uncle killed himself in the middle of my rehab, and that triggered the depression as well,” said Rose, who is expected to feature in England’s final World Cup warm-up against Costa Rica on Thursday,
“Off the field there have been other incidents: back home in August my mum was racially abused in Doncaster. She was very angry and upset about it, and then someone came to the house and nearly shot my brother in the face – a gun was fired at my house.
“England has been my salvation and I can’t thank the manager and the medical staff enough. It was really hard, and being referred to a doctor and psychologist by the Spurs club doctor helped me massively to cope.”
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Rose said having to undergo surgery on his injured knee, having initially been told it was not necessary, only added to his frustration.
“I was getting very angry, very easily,” he said. “I didn’t want to go into football, I didn’t want to do my rehab.
“It all stemmed from my injury when I was advised I didn’t need an operation. I don’t know how many tablets I took to try and get fit for Tottenham, how many injections I took trying to get fit for Tottenham. I had cortisone and platelet-rich plasma injections trying to be fit for my club.
“I had to have an operation four months down the line – after all that football I missed, when the team was flying and I was playing really well, the team were playing really well.
“I’m not saying I’ve had worse treatment than anybody else, but it was difficult and that was the start of it.”
During his injury absence, Rose caused controversy with comments in a newspaper suggesting he and his team-mates were underpaid.
He also criticised Spurs for a lack of signings and said the club needed to bring in well-known players and “not ones you had to Google”.
Rose subsequently apologised, which was accepted by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.
“Things were said and things happened behind the scenes at my club, and I don’t want to go into any detail because I’ll end up being fined again,” he said this week.
‘Football is a pressurised environment’
PFA head of player welfare Michael Bennett on BBC Radio 5 live
The more that players are coming out and sharing their experiences, the more it is making it comfortable for others to do so. So for Danny to express how he has struggled is fantastic in itself and fantastic for football and those who have suffered in silence.
There are pressures and high demands in football. It is a constant battle to stay fit, win games and a pressurised environment. You have up and down emotions so if you have that seven days a week, it will impact on your well-being.
Peter Lowe, of Players’ Net, an independent organisation that offers players and parents advice on welfare and wellbeing
What is important is that players, parents and others involved in the game have an organisation to call on in their troubled times that may be independent of their clubs but which is complimentary to the needs of the game.
This could only be beneficial to the game and would demonstrate the proactive side of an ever changing game supported by so many.
‘If I’m racially abused in Russia, nothing is going to change’
In a separate interview given to the Evening Standard, Rose said he had become “numb” to racial abuse and has “no faith” in football’s authorities to challenge it.
He also revealed he told his family not to travel to the World Cup in Russia over fears of abuse.
The Russian Football Union was recently fined £22,000 for racist chants by fans in a friendly against France in March.
“If I’m racially abused out there, nothing is going to change,” Rose said. “It shouldn’t be like that but it is.”
Rose added that he does not want to “worry for his family’s safety”, while preparing for his first World Cup.
“I’ve told my family I don’t want them going out there because of racism and anything else that may happen,” he said.
“My dad’s really upset. I could hear it in his voice. He said he may never get a chance again to come and watch me in a World Cup.
“That was emotional, hearing that. It’s really sad. It’s just how it is. Somehow Russia got the World Cup and we have to get on with it.”