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WMHD: 'Talking helped me deal with depression'

10 Oct 2020
Glenn Short, Leicester City v2

Leicester City in the Community's Glenn Short describes how he came through dark times

On World Mental Health Day, Premier League clubs have been sharing how they have been supporting staff and people in their local communities with their mental wellbeing.

Glenn Short works for Leicester City in the Community, inspiring schoolchildren through the Premier League Primary Stars programme in what he describes as his dream job.

Recently, he had depression diagnosed and considered taking his own life.

To help others with their mental health, Glenn opened up about dealing with the illness and gave his advice.

"It doesn't just hit you in the face and then all of a sudden you are diagnosed with depression. It creeps up on you.

"I felt almost like I was alienated to happiness. Nothing cheered me up at all.

"I had a really low mood and it was difficult to get me out of that state.

"I was putting on really good PE lessons, some of the rapport with the children was excellent, and I was coming away feeling low. 

"I was really low in confidence about it. I was angry. I didn't understand why I was not happy about all of the good stuff I was doing. 

"In terms of my recovery, it wasn't immediate. Before this had happened I was on anti-depressants and taking cognitive behavioural therapy courses.

'It's vital to talk'

"And they are all part of my tools where I can reach out and use whenever I need it.

"At work, I needed some self-belief and self-esteem and I had that support at work.

"I found talking was the best aid for me. It's really important to talk someone you trust. It can be anyone.

"If you have those horrible feelings, take a step back and share them. Once you get that off your chest, there's a great chance that you can recover from it.

"Talk about what's on your mind. It's OK not to be OK. There are always people there who will listen."

Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year. If you or someone you know are having thoughts and feelings that are making day-to-day life difficult, it’s always OK to ask for help.

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