Tranmere Rovers captain Kane Hemmings recently spoke out incredibly honestly about his own struggles with his mental health ahead of a conference with The Martin Gallier Project.
The Martin Gallier Project is dedicated to preventing suicides, breaking down stigmas and supporting families in the North West, and Kane was recently named as an Ambassador for the charity.
This Mental Health Awareness Week, you can hear from Kane as he bravely opened up about his own issues.
“If you’ve got any kind of profile, you’ve just got to use it in the right way. If me saying something inspires someone else to say something and they get stuff off their chest or they reach out for help, or see someone to reach out to, it’s a bit of a circle that goes round so it’s important to spread the right messages.”
Kane spoke about how online abuse can affect footballers. “It’s a mental struggle at times. Especially when football’s not going your way and you’ve got people in your comments saying you’re the worst player in the world, it’s absolutely not nice at times but people will say it’s part and parcel of it, you just have to deal with it in the best way possible, but I don’t believe anyone who says it doesn’t affect them.”
The captain also talked about why depression and mental health is a taboo subject among men in particular, about how these issues have affected him in the past, and offered advice for people who want to be there to support others who may be struggling with their mental health.
You can watch Kane’s interview in full via our YouTube channel below.