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Grimsby Town captain John Welsh has emphasised the importance of speaking out about mental health.
The EFL is now partnered with mental health charity Mind, with the organisation’s logo featuring on all shirts in the 2018-19 season, and Welsh has encouraged people to speak out about their problems when they’re feeling down.
The 34-year-old directly contacted a fan of previous club Preston North End when he found out he was suffering with depression last week, and has urged more people to speak out.
Speaking exclusively on iFollow Mariners, he said: “It was through social media – it was another fan who messaged me saying someone was feeling really unwell.
“He suffers with depression and he was having a bad time, and things were really getting to him.
“And it’s not something you want to see, so I contacted him and got his mobile number, and gave him a ring, and just had a little chat.
“He was a Preston fan so we were talking about Preston, and he was asking me how I’m getting on at Grimsby Town, and he sent me a text before the Newport game saying good luck so it’s nice.
“You never want to hear about anyone having a bad time, and I just think he’s so brave for coming out and talking about it, especially on social media.
“I spoke to him for 10 minutes on the phone and he said he was feeling better. So it might not be me who you’re talking to – it could be a friend, a parent, or even a stranger – just come out and talk, and you never know what can come of it.
“He’s put himself out there – he’s been brave enough to do it. And the encouragement and support he got from just that one tweet from fans all over the country was great to see.
“And hopefully the support that he got on Twitter, and a phone call off myself, or just speaking about it, has helped him a lot, so it could help anyone who is going through that.
“And it’s great that football brings people together like that, and it shows that if you are going through a tough time, come out and talk about it.
“People are brave. If you’re going through stuff like that, just talk to someone and tell them what’s on your mind, and people can help.”
Wow. What an absolute top bloke @jwelsh08 he's just taken time out of his busy day to phone me let me know that if I ever want to chat he's there and there's always someone to talk to. Can't thank him enough. Thank you to all the #pnefc fans for their support #mentalhealthmatters— Jordan Wilson 🌹 (@JordanWilson93_) August 23, 2018
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