Spurs and England defender Danny Rose has described the reaction to his revelations about battling depression as “overwhelming” and “emotional”, vowing to help fellow sufferers once he returns from the World Cup.
Danny spoke openly about his mental health struggles shortly before England departed for Russia, talking of a lengthy injury lay-off and the suicide of his uncle had led to him to visit a psychologist and spend a number of months on medication.
He revealed had not even told his parents about the extent of his ordeal when he told the public and has been heartened by the way his words were received.
“It’s been a bit overwhelming,” he said speaking to Sky Sports. “A lot of people messaged me to say thank you, that they know someone who is going through this or has been through that and that I’ve helped them and given them the confidence to express themselves.
He added: “The messages that I’ve had from people who’ve said it has helped them in a way I’ll never know have been pretty emotional. I wasn’t expecting it and it was really touching.We have a lot of downtime and I’m going to think of something to help others when I get back. I’ve got time to think while I’m here and when I get back from the World Cup about how I can go forward and help people.”
Prince William, who has led the Heads Together mental health campaign, was full of praise for Rose when he met the England squad in Leeds ahead of the farewell friendly at Elland Road and singled out Rose for a chat.
“He said some nice words,”:said the Spurs defender. “He was over the moon that I came out and said what I said.He was hoping that it will help others around the country and around the world as well, to come forward and talk to someone about anything they’re going through.”
Well done Danny
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