Sordell: My bat­tle with de­pres­sion

Coventry Telegraph - - SPORT -

FOR­MER Coven­try City striker Marvin Sordell has bro­ken his si­lence on his bat­tle with de­pres­sion.

The ex-Sky Blues for­ward lifted the lid on life with men­tal health is­sues on Twit­ter as part of World Men­tal Health Day.

More than half of peo­ple in Coven­try who have suf­fered from men­tal health prob­lems said they had to deal with stigma or dis­crim­i­na­tion as a re­sult, ac­cord­ing to a Tele­graph sur­vey.

Three in four Tele­graph read­ers who an­swered our sur­vey into men­tal health for World Men­tal Health Day said they per­son­ally had suf­fered from a con­di­tion.

An­other 20 per cent said a fam­ily mem­ber had suf­fered from a men­tal health prob­lem in­stead.

“For a pe­riod I suf­fered from de­pres­sion, and one of my big­gest re­leases through some of my tough­est times was writ­ing po­etry,” Sordell, who is now at Bur­ton Al­bion, re­vealed.

“For World Men­tal Health Day I wanted to share some­thing I wrote a few years ago that for me, summed up my jour­ney and what it felt like at the time.

“It’s okay not be okay, and it’s okay to talk.”

In our sur­vey, of those who said they had a men­tal health con­di­tion, 54 per cent said that they per­son­ally had ex­pe­ri­enced stigma or dis­crim­i­na­tion as a re­sult.

In a re­lated ques­tion, 20 per cent of these peo­ple said they had been treated un­favourably at work in re­la­tion to their men­tal health, while 25 per cent said their em­ploy­ers were aware of their con­di­tion but did not pro­vide any sup­port.

Tele­graph read­ers did not rate the men­tal health ser­vices avail­able to them very well in our sur­vey.

A to­tal of 57 per cent of peo­ple rated men­tal health ser­vices in their lo­cal area as ‘very poor’ or ‘some­what poor’.

Marvin Sordell

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