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NEIL LENNON ON BATTLING DEPRESSION

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NEIL LENNON has never been one to back down, this was the case when as a player and as a manager at Celtic, Bolton and now Hibernian.

Yesterday talked about a very personal struggle as he discussed his own battle with depression.

Hibernian’s Championship winning manager was speaking to Sky Sports News ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week.

Lennon, who suffered with anxiety and depression during his playing days as well revealed his own battle with the illness in the Edinburgh club’s run-in to the Title.

“The job is difficult enough when you’re feeling okay.

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“But when you suffer from a bout of depression everything is magnified. You feel 10 times worse about things” Lennon continued.

“I did have an episode of it this season for about four or five weeks and the club were great about it.

“They were really supportive, as were my backroom staff as well.

“I got through it okay and came out the other side. When you come out the other side it’s a great feeling.

“There was a lot of people there for me, the LMA (League Managers Association) included. They were a great source of help.

“What you do is put a brave face on publicly – but inside you are feeling it.

“I totally understand why people don’t want to talk about it but the more you talk about it to professional people the easier it becomes to deal with.”

Lennon has enjoyed a successful first season in Edinburgh has won promotion at the first time of asking, he also ran Scotland’s second force, Aberdeen, very close in the William Hill Scottish Cup Semi-final at Hampden last month after beating Hearts on the way to the National Stadium.

Lennon and Hibs will prepare for a summer and look to strengthen the squad to compete for the Premiership top six and fend off any interest in stars, Jason Cummings and John McGinn.

Depression in football was brought into focus after Everton winger Aaron Lennon was detained by Police under the Mental Health Act as a precaution due to his recent battle with the illness.

 

 

 

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