Thursday 12 October 2017

Former England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland reveals he once attempted suicide due to depression

Former England and Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has revealed his battle with depression which led to his retirement. The 36-year-old said he contemplated suicide but thoughts of his wife Leeona and daughter Lucy kept him going.
Kirkland began his career with Coventry and also played for Wigan, West Brom, Leicester, Doncaster, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston. He was a member of the Liverpool squad which won the 2005 Champions League.
Kirkland said “I was worried how close I was to the next step. That's why I said: I need to stop playing football. It's easy for me to talk about it now because I've seen a way out of it. That is the biggest thing and I want other people and other players to know that you've just got to talk. I never saw a way out of it until I started to talk about it. There was a fear. But as soon as you talk, that's when you're helping yourself and your family.”

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