Mental Health Awareness Week

Martin: Reaching out to others eased my anxiety

22 May 2020

West Ham United goalkeeper explains how talking can prove to be a catalyst to helping with mental wellbeing

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Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place from 18 to 24 May and we have spoken to a number of Premier League players about their emotional wellbeing.

David Martin (WHU)

Making the first step and reaching out to someone to talk about your feelings can be challenging, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But speaking ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week, the West Ham United goalkeeper says if you can initiate that first conversation, the benefits are huge.

"In my career I've had some really tough times," says Martin, who made his Premier League debut this season at the age of 33 and who was on the books at Liverpool nine years ago.

"It was that first step that really was tough. To reach out, even to my wife. 

"But it opened the doors for me any other time I felt a bit low or something was worrying me or if I felt anxious about something. It made it a lot easier after I'd made that original step.

"It doesn't matter even if it's someone that you know or someone you don't know. Just talking, if you can be brave enough to do it that first time, will hold you in good stead for the rest of your life."

"Just talking, if you can be brave enough to do it that first time, it will hold you in good stead for the rest of your life."

David Martin

Access the #StayWell Hub

Fans can access a library of expert advice on how to look after their mental health in the Premier League's #StayWell hub.

It shares tips and guidance from experts, the clubs and players as well as from the National Health Service and national organisations working in these areas to help supporters stay strong and positive.

And the hub will continue to develop, offering fans expert guidance in other areas to help maintain their health in these challenging times.

See: #StayWell hub

Also in this series

Part 1: Stevens: Tough times help you appreciate the good ones
Part 2: Choudhury: Routine helps in maintaining a good mood 
Part 3: Mustafi: We can overcome problems by helping each other
Part 4: Hanley: It's important to keep perspective

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