We were shocked to the core when on 27th November of 2011, the news came though that Newcastle great Gary Speed had taken his own life at the young age of just 42, when everything seemed to be going for him.
Steve Harper – has battled depression
We learned after his untimely death that Gary, like a lot of people these days, had suffered from depression, so we think it’s a positive that Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper has opened up about his own depression, which he has battled over the years.
38 year-old Steve Harper will play his last game for Newcastle on Sunday against Arsenal, after 20 years at the club, and he had this to say to the Daily Mirror today:
“I was probably about 30 at the time and it was really tough. You need help. You can’t fight it yourself. You have to speak to people and get help. That is what I did.”
“There have been times when it has been anything but comfortable. The way I got through it was through the support of my family, particularly Lynsey, my wife, by going to see a little old lady, a counselor, and with medication from the doctors.”
“It helps you through it, because it was very tough and, the more you try to fight it yourself, it gets a hold of you.” “It helps you through it, because it was very tough and, the more you try to fight it yourself, it gets a hold of you.”
“Fortunately, more people are speaking of it now and it is almost more acceptable but, seven or eight years ago, having had that tough time, I like to keep an eye on players now who I think are maybe struggling.”
Steve is showing a lot of courage in unveiling his fight with his own demons – but it will only do good for other people who may be struggling themselves with depression, which is a terrible and debilitating problem.
Steve seems to have been successful in overcoming the difficulty, and the key is to seek help from both family and doctors, which is exactly what Steve did.
And it’s time to celebrate Steve’s 20 years at Newcastle on Sunday afternoon, and we hope we can go out with all 3 points against the Gunners.
Congratulations to Steve Harper on an excellent and loyal career at Newcastle United.
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