Video: Past and present Spurs players open up about mental health issues

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Dom Le Roy

Mental health is an area that has been largely ignored by society up until recently.

Only recently have people started opening their eyes to the horrible psychological damage that depression and other mental issues can have, particularly on men as they are less likely to open up about their problems.

The world of football much like the rest of society has now woken up to the importance of keeping your mind happy and healthy.

Tottenham full back Danny Rose admitted last season before the World Cup that he was suffering from depressing, and received a huge wave of support from fans and other players for opening about his ordeal.

In an effort to increase awareness about the topic, BBC One got the likes of Rose, Jermaine Jenas, Peter Crouch, Gareth Southgate, and Thierry Henry to come together and open up on their struggles with mental health.

Watch them share their experiences from their playing and managerial careers below:

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Given the amount of competition youngsters have to overcome to make it as a professional footballer, and given the kind of pressure players find themselves under on a regular basis, footballers are more susceptible to mental illness than probably most others.

It is thus vital to encourage players to come forward and share their experiences and remove the stigma around discussing the topic.

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