Gary Speed: a lesson to be learnt.

This time last year, my friend Nick Ota took his life.

What makes the situation more painful is that no one knew about his suicidal thoughts, not even his university flatmates (whom he had been with the evening before) until he didn’t emerge from his room the next day.

It’s devastating to witness the destruction that suicide leaves behind.

With the suicide of Gary Speed announced this morning by the Football Association Wales, it is about time that men’s mental health becomes more openly discussed in our society. I had the personal honour of meeting Gary Speed, his family and close friends whilst waitressing at the Millennium Stadium at the Wales V England game in March.

Only two days ago, Stan Collymore a former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker took to Twitter to highlight his depression and to encourage other sufferers to get help.

Bethan Jenkins, AM also writes on Twitter that we ‘need to do more in Wales to address men and mental health.’

I hope that some good can come out of such terrible news, that someone who is silently suffering learns that they can speak up and get help.

Goodbye Gary Speed, may you finally be at peace.

One thought on “Gary Speed: a lesson to be learnt.

  1. Two teenagers where I live, one a close friend of mine, have committed suicide in the last 6 months – and no one knew they were feeling like that. It’s so sad when it happens, so unexpected.

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