Behind the football persona, is a man of great insight, great intelligence and of great wisdom. Carlisle realised all too much that time spent in the goldfish bowl of the spotlight can have very detrimental effects on mental health.
For example, Carlisle had two failed suicide attempts. That he is still with us is testimony to his strength and his courage. He hasn’t been afraid to speak out about mental illness amongst his brethren in professional football, and has actively campaigned for better awareness, to break down those barriers and to get people to speak out about their problems; that is isn’t a weakness to admit you’re in trouble.
I’ve just been watching a documentary on BBC TV, where Clarke talks to various people about mental illness and how the glare of the spotlight can be all too much. It’s a hard hitting documentary, very emotional, getting to the heart of the matter, and it was riveting viewing.
Here’s the link to the programme:-
and I’m sure you will enjoy a programme full of insight and reality, better than most programmes on TV currently. Real issues, and how we are afraid to confront them.
Clarke Carlisle is a true champion of mental health in the UK, and I don’t think anybody will disagree with that. Playing football, being in a high profile job, whatever your status, mental illness can affect us all. No matter whether you have three cars in the drive, five houses and a healthy wage, plus a loving family, anybody is susceptible to the horrors of mental illness, it’s just some don’t want to admit it.
Peace and love
Allen Brooks xx