Daryl Ilbury

It takes something like this…

In Eish! on November 28, 2011 at 8:52 am

Shocking and deeply upsetting though the suicide of Wales football manager Gary Speed is for the lovers of the game and British people in general, the true tragedy is that it takes an event like this to thrust mental health issues into the public spotlight.

His death has prompted so many questions, the most obvious one being why would someone so successful and seemingly so happy take his own life.

That is the reason why events like this should be seen as an opportunity to open up debate around mental health issues.

Unfortunately, while the media are lauding Gary and his achievements, I am well aware that the less morally inclined low-lifes in journalism are already trawling for shocking and sensational stories about him and his state of mind, ready to unleash them when they feel the time is right.

Not only will this sully his name, but it will no doubt do serious damage to the public impression of mental health.

Image: The Guardian

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