Hibernian manager Neil Lennon has become the latest high-profile football figure to speak openly about his mental struggle.
Mental health in football has been thrust into the limelight recently with the news that Aaron Lennon was receiving help having been detained under the Mental Health Act, while the likes of Jamie Carragher and Ryan Giggs devoted their columns at the weekend to the issue.
Speaking to Sky Sports at the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week, Lennon revealed that he had faced his own battle with depression in the earlier part of this season.
“The job is difficult enough when you’re feeling okay.
“But when you suffer from a bout of depression everything is magnified. You feel 10 times worse about things.
“I did have an episode of it this season for about four or five weeks and the club were great about it. They were really supportive, as were my back-room staff as well.
“I got through it okay and came out the other side. When you come out the other side it’s a great feeling.
“There was a lot of people there for me, the LMA (League Managers Association) included. They were a great source of help. What you do is put a brave face on publicly – but inside you are feeling it.
“I totally understand why people don’t want to talk about it but the more you talk about it to professional people the easier it becomes to deal with.”
The former Celtic captain has previously spoken of suffering from depression during his playing days. In a 2014 film Mind Games: Mental Health in Scottish Football, produced by the Scottish PFA, the 45-year-old spoke candidly of his suffering at while at Leicester and Celtic, admitting that he knew something was amiss when he couldn’t enjoy winning the League Cup with the former, or winning an Old Firm derby with the latter.
The former Nothern Ireland international has been a hit since taking over at Easter Road last summer, guiding Hibs to promotion from the Championship and to a Scottish Cup semi-final in his first season at the club.