England footballer Danny Rose praised for opening up about depression battle

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England footballer Danny Rose opens up about depression battle

Danny Rose has been seeing a psychologist (Picture: PA)

England defender Danny Rose has been praised for opening up about his battle with depression.

He was sidelined for over eight months last year after a knee injury, during which time his uncle committed suicide.

The 27-year-old told several national newspapers: Its no secret that Ive been through a testing time at Tottenham this season, which led to me seeing a psychologist, and I was diagnosed with depression, which nobody knows about, and I had to get away from Tottenham.

He described taking medication for a while during a hard period.

Its unusual for a current elite player to describe their mental health issues openly like this given the pressures they are under in their role, so for him to do so just a week before playing in the World Cup has been described as a game changer.



After having medical treatment, Rose says he is now in a positive place ahead of the tournament.

Soccer Football - International Friendly - England vs Costa Rica - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - June 7, 2018 England's Danny Rose in action Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Englands Danny Rose in tonights friendly match against Costa Rica (Picture: Reuters)

I was on medication for a few months – again, nobody knows about that apart from my agent – but Im off the medication now, Im good now, he said.

Nobody knows this either, but my uncle killed himself in the middle of my rehab, and that triggered the depression as well.

It was really hard, and being referred to a doctor and psychologist helped me massively to cope.

Off the field, there have been other incidents – in August, my mum was racially abused back home 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. It was a testing time.

Awful that Danny Rose suffers from depression, fantastic that he has used his platform to talk about it. Footballers shouldn't *have* to be role models, but they have the power to do so much good if they choose to. The words, their timing and the person uttering them all matter.

— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) June 6, 2018

Hopefully a sign that the mental health stigma is truly diminishing among men when Danny Rose can be so honest about suffering depression. That sort of candour can help so many others

— Matt Dickinson (@DickinsonTimes) June 6, 2018

Asked whether he had revealed the extent of his anguish to England manager Gareth Southgate, Rose added: No. You are the only people who know about a lot of this stuff – I havent told my mum or my dad, and they are probably going to be really angry reading this, but Ive kept it to myself until now.

Rose has been praised for speaking up about his mental health issues.

Paul Farmer, chief executive of mental health charity Mind, said: One in four people will experience a mental health problem so it should come as no surprise that professional sportspeople will face these issues too.



Many people from the world of sport have already made a difference by speaking out.

Mind also called on anyone experiencing mental health issues to talk to a family member or friend, or see their GP.

Other sportsmen and women who have suffered depression

Kelly Holmes (Athletics)
The 2004 Olympic 800 metres and 1500 metres champion suffered from depression after injuries left her feeling low just one year before her double Athens triumph. Holmes said: A combination of not wanting to go through all the pressures and strains of being injured and wanting to achieve the best I could got on top of me. Basically what it led to was depression and self-harm.

Marcus Trescothick (Cricket)
Somerset batsman Trescothick abruptly returned home from Englands tour of India in February 2006 citing personal reasons. He never played Test cricket again after flying home from the 2006-07 Ashes tour in Australia and later described the anxiety that broods within him as the beast that lives inside.

Serena Williams (Tennis)

Williams has won 39 grand slam titles – 23 of them in singles – but the American revealed her off-court battle with depression in an interview with USA Today in 2011. I was definitely depressed. I cried all the time. I was miserable to be around.

Ian Thorpe (Swimming)
The five-time Olympic champion revealed in his 2012 autobiography This is Me that he had considered suicide and had drunk huge quantities of alcohol to deal with crippling depression. Australian swimmer Thorpe said: It is like a weight is pressing down on you. There are days when you just cant get out of bed. You cannot face the world.

John Kirwan (Rugby Union)
The powerful winger scored 35 tries in 63 Tests for New Zealand between 1984 and 1994. He spoke about his depression in the books All Blacks Dont Cry and Stand by Me, saying: I dont wish it on anyone, it was my worst nightmare. Kirwan is actively involved in mental health and depression awareness campaigns in New Zealand.

Clarke Carlisle (Soccer)
The former Burnley and QPR defender has spoken openly about the powerful hold of his depression that led him to being convicted of drink-driving, going missing and attempting to commit suicide. You get something that comes over… that actually rationalises the option of committing suicide, he said. You know that you must be at your lowest ebb.

Oscar De La Hoya (Boxing)
De La Hoya won world titles in six weight classes and is considered as one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters in boxing history. The now successful promoter has spoken about his use of drink and drugs to cope with his depression, saying: I could put all my opponents in one ring and battle all of them, but this monster is going to be the toughest fight of my life.

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