Lennon hospitalised for 'stress-related illness'

Wednesday 3 May 2017  164 Comments  [Jump to last]
Player detained under Mental Health Act

Ronald Koeman said last month “he is not in a physical way to be part of the team”.

Aaron Lennon is receiving treatment and is being assessed after being detained by Manchester Police under section 136 of the Mental Health Act on Sunday.

Police were called to assist the 30-year-old in Salford and is now receiving care for a stress-related illness, Everton have said.

Lennon joined Everton from Tottenham Hotspur in 2015, initially on loan, seeking to relaunch his career after losing his place in North Londoners' first team.

He has struggled to hold down a place at Goodison Park as well over the past year and has not figured for the Blues' senior side since February.

Ronald Koeman mentioned the winger last month and described him as “not in a physical way to be part of the team”.

"Officers attended and a 30-year-old man was detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act and was taken to hospital for assessment," Greater Manchester Police said. The act provides police powers to detain people to assess whether they need urgent treatment for a mental health disorder and if they are a risk of harm to themselves or others

Everton's brief statement concluded by saying: "The club is supporting him through this and his family has appealed for privacy at this time".


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Kieran Kinsella
1 Posted 02/05/2017 at 23:06:41
Aaron Lennon has been sectioned by police for mental health problems. Celebrity or not, I hate to see that. I hope the lad is okay.
Phil Sammon
2 Posted 02/05/2017 at 23:13:13
Just read that, Kieran. Very sad news. I'm sure the whole club will get behind him. I know I'm biased... but he couldn't get better support than he will get from the Blue family.
Kieran Kinsella
3 Posted 02/05/2017 at 23:22:48

True. I'm glad to have seen quite a few "rival" fan groups posting and tweeting messages of support. I remember poor Sol Campbell getting hounded when he had problems. God willing, we've all grown up a little after the Gary Speed tragedy.

Dan Parker
4 Posted 02/05/2017 at 23:23:49
I just heard the news about Aaron Lennon. Best wishes to the lad for his recovery, full support of Evertonians everywhere.
Steve Ferns
5 Posted 02/05/2017 at 00:01:58
That's terrible about Lennon. It explains his absences recently. I was wondering about him playing right wing back in Coleman's place with Holgate at centre-back, but no chance now.

Main thing is Aaron's long-term mental health. I hope he comes through it well. So many in his position, with all that wealth, can lose it in more or less an instant. I hope he's able to be looked after by sensible people in his family who can secure his future too.

Best wishes, Aaron. Hope to see you in a blue shirt tearing down the wing.

Paul Kossoff
6 Posted 03/05/2017 at 01:24:34
Everton say winger Aaron Lennon was detained under the Mental Health Act by police over concerns for his welfare.

The 30-year-old was taken to hospital "for assessment" after police were called to Salford on Sunday.

Lennon is now "receiving care and treatment for a stress-related illness", his club has said.

The England international, who joined Everton from Tottenham in 2015, has not played for the first team since February.

Greater Manchester Police said: "Police were called at around 4.35pm to reports of a concern for the welfare of a man on Eccles Old Road.

"Officers attended and a 30-year-old man was detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act and was taken to hospital for assessment.
Get well soon Aaron, from all blues.

Ernie Baywood
7 Posted 03/05/2017 at 02:08:36
Absolutely Paul. Hope he gets the right help to resolve his issues.
Paul Kossoff
8 Posted 03/05/2017 at 02:14:42
Just shows you Ernie, doesn't matter how much money you have, or if your famous, depression can affect anybody no matter who you are.

Let's hope he gets better soon.

Kieran Kinsella
9 Posted 03/05/2017 at 02:42:36

I'd been wondering about him as right-back too. Based on the silence from the club (ie, no mention of being injured or out of favour), I imagine his difficulties must have come to a head over the past few months. I know we gave the club some stick about the Hibbo/Osman exits but to their credit, they've kept this under wraps until obviously tonight when it became a police matter.

Similar with George Green when we all wondered about his whereabouts. They sent him to psychologists etc but no-one leaked a word to the press. We only found out when he went public after his exit. That's how it should be but in this day and age of salacious headlines, it's nice to see a club operating with some dignity.

Mike Hughes
10 Posted 03/05/2017 at 03:49:40
Good luck to the lad. Shocking news.

Just goes to show you can be physically fit and wealthy. But who knows what is going on inside a person's mind?

I wish him the best for a full recovery.

Mike Gaynes
11 Posted 03/05/2017 at 06:25:01
No idea what's truly happening, but I'm profoundly saddened by what must be a terrible situation for Aaron and his family.

May he get the help he needs to recover fully, and may the entire Everton community continue to stand with him. Best wishes to all the Lennons.

Christopher Timmins
12 Posted 03/05/2017 at 06:31:12
One can only wish the lad well in his personal battle.
Karl Masters
13 Posted 03/05/2017 at 06:49:13
Not playing, too much time on his hands. I have heard reports of him in London on Saturday nights looking wasted when perhaps you would not expect that of a professional sportsman trying to save their career.

As others have said, mental health is not a given, even with money and fame. Aaron has had all that since the age of 16 when he broke into the Leeds team and you'd imagine he's struggling to cope with not playing much this season. A vicious circle as clearly they can't pick him if he's not 100% on his game.

I hope he comes through this. Good Luck Aaron.

Will Mabon
14 Posted 03/05/2017 at 06:50:02
Kieran, I agree with what you say about "This day and age".

I listened to most of the Real Madrid game on 5 live, the news of Lennon was announced later after the game.

The item was closed with something along the lines of "The family have asked to be left alone by the media" – announced by the media.

The last thing someone in this situation needs is outside attention, any kind of attention, however well meaning. What a pity that's all but impossible today. This will be well and truly milked.

I wish him the very best whatever his problem, and hope his family and friends have the strength and time to help him as best they can – it's the most important element of all.

John Audsley
15 Posted 03/05/2017 at 06:53:16
Very tough situation for Aaron.

All my love and hope mate and regardless of football I hope you get through the storm.

Money isn't everything, being well and spending time with family and loved ones is much more important.

Darren Hind
16 Posted 03/05/2017 at 06:53:33
Very sad.

I always thought he was ideal for Koeman. With his speed, he has the ability to close down very quickly. You just don't know what's happening in a person's private life.

Pleased to see the club publically support him and I know our fans will too.

Kieran @3

Good to hear rival fans offer support and excellent point well made.

Kunal Desai
17 Posted 03/05/2017 at 06:56:08
Best of luck and and hopefully he makes a quick recovery. I'm sure he has the right support with people around him at the club.

This just highlights the issues about mental health, so much more investment and campaigning needs to be done by the government to help those that are affected. 1 in 4 people are affected. There needs to be more awareness about this.

Liam Reilly
18 Posted 03/05/2017 at 07:02:40
Good to see the overwhelming support on here and no clever jokes, because this is as real as a broken limb.

Best of luck in your battle mate.

Brent Stephens
19 Posted 03/05/2017 at 07:13:43
Best wishes for the guy. I think this sort of news should give us a thread which is totally positive towards the guy and illness like this.
Phil Sammon
20 Posted 03/05/2017 at 07:14:31
Nobody is joking about it, Liam. Off your high horse, please.
Winston Williamson
21 Posted 03/05/2017 at 07:38:06
Hope Aaron Lennon gets the help and support he needs.

These types of illnesses are horrible..

Hopefully he can get to a place where he can use his experiences to help others..

David Price
22 Posted 03/05/2017 at 07:39:05
Money, wealth and fame are no help in this situation, his family and all at Everton FC, staff, fans and players need to help him in his battle. It's a lonely place which I hope he can come to terms with.

Good luck, Aaron.

I, as a lifelong Evertonian, I wish you a lasting and speedy recovery. You have all the support of all true football fans.

Tony Abrahams
23 Posted 03/05/2017 at 07:39:19
Awful, awful news. I've been to two funerals in the last four months because life just got too unbearable, and the people involved could no longer suffer in silence.

I just hope Aaron Lennon is going to be alright because this is such a really bad illness for anyone to suffer with, and I hope he's soon back on the pitch enjoying himself again.

Colin Glassar
24 Posted 03/05/2017 at 07:46:36
Must be awful for him and his family. I hope he gets well soon.
Jim Harrison
25 Posted 03/05/2017 at 08:01:42
Phil Sammon, pretty sure Liam was just saying it's good that no one has made silly jokes.
Ian Burns
26 Posted 03/05/2017 at 08:04:33
Terrible news, heartbreaking. As mentioned above, as a football club EFC handles matters of a community and care better than most – if not all – and Aaron will get all of the support he needs. I can only add my very best of wishes for a full recovery. Very sad.
Dermot Byrne
27 Posted 03/05/2017 at 08:05:22
I think the unanimous expressions of support show just how prevalent mental health issues are in all areas of society and how horrible it can be. The lad is in my thoughts and hopefully now this has happened the road to recovery now begins. This thread makes me proud too.
Ray Roche
29 Posted 03/05/2017 at 08:08:14
Phil, to be fair, I don't think Liam was on his high horse. In today's social media-led society, it's all too easy for people to post thoughtless comments, regardless of the harm it might do. I don't think anyone on here would in a case such as this when it affects one of our own but in other media outlets it would appear to be rife, trolling people.

Let's just hope Aaron can get back to being the person he was, and soon.

Raymond Fox
30 Posted 03/05/2017 at 08:13:28
I really rate him as a player, I wondered why he wasn't playing or in the squad.

Should get the help he needs now, mental illness is far more common than is realised especially in today's hectic "see and hear everything" world.

Keith Conchie
31 Posted 03/05/2017 at 08:14:24
Best wishes to Aaron, and his family.

Mental health is something that can affect anyone at any time. And most of us will know someone who has been affected by this illness.

Paul Thompson
32 Posted 03/05/2017 at 08:23:38
Was so shocked when I heard this last night. He's a guy who has always given 100% – he needs a similar level of support from the Everton community. Best wishes, Aaron.
Liam Reilly
33 Posted 03/05/2017 at 08:25:08
No high horse Phil, I've been unfortunate enough to have close family members suffer through this type of illness and I know how even the most innocent remark can be taken in the wrong context.

I just wish the boy well.

Keith Harrison
34 Posted 03/05/2017 at 08:25:31
The first steps on the road to recovery is it being recognised, and then the appropriate care being given. The earlier, the quicker recovery or prevention. I'm unsure if this tends to suggest that Everton may have suspected, judging by Koeman's comment, but hoping for a quick and full recovery for Aaron, and support for his family.

Our company managers attended a Mental Health course last year which was run free by the GMB. It was shocking and enlightening, and excellent. It is being rolled out to our manual workers now, and I would recommend it to every company, big or small.

Again, speedy recovery, Aaron.

Tony Hill
35 Posted 03/05/2017 at 08:34:17
Yes, he's one of ours and I agree with Ian Burns that this is an area where Everton's resources will be put to the best use. I wish him a speedy recovery.
Derek Knox
36 Posted 03/05/2017 at 08:35:28
Hope you come back fighting fit, both mentally and physically, Aaron. You can still be an integral part of this evolving squad.
Kenny Smith
37 Posted 03/05/2017 at 08:42:00
Good luck, Aaron, and get yourself well soon.

The only positive is that he's at the best club he could be at in this situation. A club that cares and will provide him with the time and help he needs to fully recover.

Oliver Molloy
38 Posted 03/05/2017 at 08:45:14
Get well soon, Aaron Lennon, your health is your wealth.

Mental health, just like a sore back or whatever, can effect anyone. Best wishes to you and your family.

Kevin Turner
39 Posted 03/05/2017 at 08:46:35
Dreadful news about Aaron. Good luck with your recovery. Society isn't good at understanding mental illness. The old "get a grip" response demonstrates how poorly understood this matter is. Thoughts are with him.
Eddie Dunn
40 Posted 03/05/2017 at 08:49:23
This is shocking news, but shows that just because you have some money it doesn't protect you from the stresses and strains of life.

I wonder how long Aaron has suffered from this problem and if it had affected his career previously?

I hope he can be helped and he can rebuild his confidence to resume normal life soon.

Jim Bennings
41 Posted 03/05/2017 at 08:52:09
Awful news!

At least that explains why he's not been involved, I found it weird why Koeman would keep ignoring a genuine busy pacy wide player especially given the great form Lennon was in after Christmas last season, scoring goals looking really bright and putting a great shift in.

At least we know now and the lad can focus on getting himself the help and support he needs.

Dave Williams
42 Posted 03/05/2017 at 08:57:19
This is horrible news. As others have said, money, fame, big house mean nothing in reality as everyone has their ups and downs regardless and who knows what is going on in Aaron's life.

Hopefully the press will leave this alone and he can work through it with his family and professionals. My very best wishes, Aaron, you will get through this.

Graham McCann
43 Posted 03/05/2017 at 08:58:48
Hopefully he will get the support he deserves and needs.

Speaking as a parent of a teenage girl who has spent a lot of time in a secure unit, having been the subject of many sections, the treatment period can be varied but intense, the recovery period much, much longer.

Most people don't understand mental health illnesses . The impact on family is immense and in some cases catastrophic. Privacy and understanding is what the lad needs. His family need to know that the support is there for them too.

I wish Aaron and his family strength and endurance on the long road ahead of them .

John Daley
44 Posted 03/05/2017 at 08:59:17
Interesting to see how the Daily Mail chose to report the incident:

“£55,000-a-week England footballer Aaron Lennon is detained under Mental Health Act after stand-off with police next to a busy road”


What has his weekly wage got to do with the matter at hand and why would you decide to make it a focal point of your headline?

Is a sizeable wedge of a salary somehow supposed to shield an individual from ever being stricken in such a way? Like cash money should be able to counteract any mental condition?

Terry Underwood
45 Posted 03/05/2017 at 09:03:37
Get well soon Aaron, a sentiment echoed throughout this post. First team regular or not, you are a blue and we care about you... much love to you and your family.
Chris Williams
46 Posted 03/05/2017 at 09:05:53

The Mail is a mean spirited shitbag rag, owned by shitbags and written by shitbags, peddling shitbaggery to feed the prejudices of all who crave such things.

No common humanity to be found there.

John Daley
47 Posted 03/05/2017 at 09:08:03
Don't bother with the link above, seems they've now snipped the headline and got rid of the "£55,000 a week" stuff.
Dave Abrahams
48 Posted 03/05/2017 at 09:08:40
Great to read all these messages of support for Aaron, I can only add my own best wishes for a full recovery and hope to see Aaron back in a blue shirt in the future.
Joey Brown
49 Posted 03/05/2017 at 09:10:32
Speedy recovery to Aaron. Truly hope he gets the help he needs.
Phil Sammon
50 Posted 03/05/2017 at 09:11:11
Okay Liam. My apologies. I think we can trust Evertonians and all decent people to be supportive.

As John Daley points out, above, The Daily Mail were, however, unable to venture out of the gutter on this one.

How fucking low can you get – taking a swipe at a young lad who clearly already feels tremendously distressed. Absolutely pathetic.

Ken Buckley
51 Posted 03/05/2017 at 09:12:58
Get well soon Aaron.

May those that will treat and support you have much success. I wish you well.

Gerard Carey
52 Posted 03/05/2017 at 09:13:04
Get we well soon, Aaron, you are part of a wonderful club that will look after you.
Chris Williams
53 Posted 03/05/2017 at 09:14:38

The reason it's been pulled by the Mail is that it's been massively criticised on twitter by all and sundry for mentioning things like salary.


Aaron just needs time space and kindness now.

Peter Mills
54 Posted 03/05/2017 at 09:40:01
I'd just like to add my good wishes to Aaron to those already posted. May some of the positive waves reach him.
Eugene Ruane
55 Posted 03/05/2017 at 09:40:53
Very sad, hopefully he gets the necessary help and treatment to get him through it all.

Best of luck to him and his family.

As for the Mail, a truly disgusting hateful rag, I wouldn't wipe a cow's hole with it.

Lennart Hylën
56 Posted 03/05/2017 at 09:41:26
Hope you get well soon, Aaron! The best to you and your family. Evertonians are one big family and we care for each other.
Jim Lloyd
57 Posted 03/05/2017 at 09:52:42
Tony Abrahams (23) How true the words you've spoken. A horrible illness that shows few signs until it's developed and sometimes when its too late.

I hope he recovers soon and it's great to see so many messages of support for Aaron and his family.

Keith Harrison
58 Posted 03/05/2017 at 09:54:43
Regarding my post at 34, it is actually the TUC who run the courses, not GMB, and they are conducted by a good Evertonian pal of mine called Ken Gyles.

For anybody interested in taking the course, or even wants to discuss mental health with an expert, Ken's contact details are kgyles@tuc.org.uk

Shane Corcoran
59 Posted 03/05/2017 at 10:10:33
Terrible news.

Great to see 100% support for him on here. I feared we might get at least one person going down the "what's he got to be depressed about route".

When I see football "fans" shouting abuse at players from the safety of their seat and defend it by saying something like "his pay packet will soften the blow" it drives me mad.

Treat everyone with the same respect. Here's hoping for a full recovery.

Mark Stone
60 Posted 03/05/2017 at 10:17:06
What sad news, hope he's able to get all the support he needs to get through this. All the best Aaron.
Matthew Williams
61 Posted 03/05/2017 at 10:27:21
A real shock. I always liked him as a player, hope he can come back stronger & gets all the support needed.
Tim Sharpe
62 Posted 03/05/2017 at 10:31:54
Aaron seems like a top fella, and I'm sure all blues will wish him not just a speedy return, but a successful one as well. This type of illness can rear its ugly head with no warning, or trigger and with total impunity. Rich or poor, celebrity or a nobody.

From my own experience with depression, the emotions which he must be going through are terrifying, and frightening.

I am never disappointed by the response from Evertonians, and this again proves the depth of support from both Club and Fans.

Proud to be a blue :)

Joe O'Brien
63 Posted 03/05/2017 at 10:40:16
Very sad news. Hope you get well soon, Aaron. There is light at the end of the tunnel, mate.
Peter Morris
64 Posted 03/05/2017 at 10:48:43
My thoughts are with Aaron and his family. Strength to you all and best wishes for a full recovery. I don't think he could be with a better club when it comes to supporting their own.
Ian Hollingworth
65 Posted 03/05/2017 at 10:52:44
Best wishes to Aaron and his family for a speedy recovery.

Makes you realise how happy you should be with your life if you have your health and a supporting family.

Jerome Shields
66 Posted 03/05/2017 at 11:06:05
Get well soon, Aaron. Best of luck.
Mike Rees
67 Posted 03/05/2017 at 11:19:07
Sad news.. Aaron and his family are in a dark place with his health right now; but hopefully with the support of his family and the medical people helping him; he can find his way back into the light again.

Best wishes to him and his family for a full recovery.

Geoff Williams
68 Posted 03/05/2017 at 11:23:42
Best wishes mate. Hope you're back playing soon.
Patrick Murphy
69 Posted 03/05/2017 at 11:42:41
I hope that Aaron finds a way to overcome his mental health issues and that he realises that his family, friends, team-mates, club and fans only want what is best for him as an individual and that all of those people will be there for him, if he needs their support.

Unfortunately the media, as is its way, tend to look for the most sensational aspects of the story when covering what is a very personal and private issue.

In the link below you will see how the media is awash with at best unsympathetic reporting and at worst downright malicious coverage, as the author of the piece highlights, footballers like the rest of us are human beings and not mere commodities.

Victim blaming is the worst aspect of our modern media, the fact that these outlets have so much influence on how the public view the world is a sad reflection of us all, but hopefully, there are still enough people around who realise that the world view that the media often portray isn't what most of us experience in our everyday lives.

Get well soon Aaron.

Sensational Media

Mike Keating
70 Posted 03/05/2017 at 12:02:17
When the Black Dog bites, it doesn't matter who you are or how successful you have been.

This documentary said it all


Unfortunately you can't view again on iplayer

Gordon Crawford
71 Posted 03/05/2017 at 12:07:38
Sad news. I hope he the lad gets all the support he needs. Get well soon Aaron.
Dale Rose
72 Posted 03/05/2017 at 12:23:40
I hope things work out for him, very sad news indeed.
Stan Schofield
73 Posted 03/05/2017 at 12:26:20
Two pieces of wisdom my mum imparted when I was young: (1) If you've got your health, you've no problems. (2) Most of the stuff in newspapers is rubbish.

Hope you're back soon Aaron, all the best.

Jay Wood
74 Posted 03/05/2017 at 12:29:55
Truly shocking and sad news to wake to today.

Football, partisanship, sensationalist tabloids - all are trivialized at moments such as this.

Thankfully, the overwhelmingly better side of human nature kicks in and Aaron is receiving a tsunami of love and support from not just Everton, the city of Liverpool or football, but also the wider community across all age groups and interests.

I'd like to add my drop of love and support to that tsunami of positivism.

Get well soon, Aaron lad.

Ajay Gopal
76 Posted 03/05/2017 at 12:34:56
Lennon's illness is as real as Seamus' broken leg. He deserves as much support as Evertonians have poured on Seamus and glad to see that, at least on TW. Good luck for a speedy recovery to Aaron Lennon.

We all remember how his performances pulled the team up from a relegation dog-fight 2 seasons ago. Hopefully, he can rediscover that form, but most importantly, he is back to his healthy self.

Nick Armitage
77 Posted 03/05/2017 at 12:48:05
Evertonians again show their true colours, if there was a club and a fan base that will support Aaron through this then this is it.

The only thing I find surprising about this is that it doesn't happen more often in the high pressure environment of football.

1 in 4 people suffer from mental health problems so it is a safe bet that a few of the posters here know exactly what he is going through and also know that there is a good chance he'll turn it around. Fingers crossed for him.

Kevin Jones
78 Posted 03/05/2017 at 12:51:42
Just read the article on Mediawatch, Patrick. It's not just papers etc. that will say this, you'll be amazed at the amount of people, loved ones included, who will say to you "Just get a grip"

I've had about 3 bad bouts of depression in my life and wouldn't wish it on my worse enemy. Unless you've suffered from it, the blackness you feel is indescribable, you just think your going crazy, and believe you me "getting a grip" isn't an option.

The hardest part is admitting it, it took me a hell of a long time to go to the Doctors because I knew I would break down in front of her, and nobody wants to do that. But it was the best thing I ever did, and just getting the monkey off your back is a big relief.

Aaron's in the best hands now and he will hopefully learn to live with it, as I don't think you can be 100% cured. With the correct support, medication and understanding he stands a very good chance of living a long and happy life.

Mark Wynne
79 Posted 03/05/2017 at 13:33:52
Former Blue Andy Johnson is donating 10p a retweet to Mental Health charities, if anyone would like to cheer him on.


Sam Hoare
80 Posted 03/05/2017 at 13:45:30
Thanks Mark. Have retweeted.

Best of luck Aaron. Your blue family will be behind you.

Mike Berry
81 Posted 03/05/2017 at 13:52:56
Best wishes to Aaron during his problems. Hopefully he will get refocussed through whatever treatment he is given.

The aim to be playing football again either for Everton or elsewhere is paramount for him, I think.

John Audsley
82 Posted 03/05/2017 at 13:55:11
Some fantastic words of support from all of you, totally what I expected.

I've suffered with depression a number of times and everytime just managed to get the black dog off my back.

It's a horrible feeling that grabs you and can destroy who you are.

Wonderful support people and some very emotional stories.

Best club in the world, no other.

Thomas Lennon
83 Posted 03/05/2017 at 14:07:37
The most thought provoking comment I heard on depression is that it is a thing, not part of you. You can shoo it away, run, hide but you know that one day it will catch up and bite.

The stuff of real nightmares. Paraphrased from the great Robin Williams. Thoughts​ are with you today Aaron.

Roger Helm
84 Posted 03/05/2017 at 14:29:05
Mental illness is very common and often under-diagnosed. Severe depression has a poorer prognosis than colon cancer but still people disregard it. I wonder how many more players are affected in what is a very high-pressure and insecure trade?

The good news is that it is treatable so hopefully Aaron will soon be recovering.

Incidentally, I am looking forward to hearing the opinions of previous posters about the Daily Mirror, after Patrick's link at 69.

Minik Hansen
85 Posted 03/05/2017 at 15:11:20
Sending my all good energy to Lennon and his family. From bottom there is only one way and it is up. All the best to him.
Peter Cummings
86 Posted 03/05/2017 at 15:12:13
Doubt if the lad himself realised the amount of caring and sympathy would be aroused by both our great club, it's fans, and the sports media in general, on a condition that can literally kill its victims without this kind of support, including my own, for a complete recovery, Aaron, son.

As for the Daily Mail comments, apart from it's 'money' comment they went on to list the number of times he has been involved in incidents, which up to now were never known about, while most, if not all, of the UKs tabloids were unanimous in their 'get well soon Aaron' wishes.

Amit Vithlani
87 Posted 03/05/2017 at 15:23:26
Greatly saddened by this news.

Hope he is able to make a speedy recovery.

Mark Morrissey
88 Posted 03/05/2017 at 15:56:52
It's the one illness where you do need support from those around you. Often with a limb injury you can forge through your recuperation because you have a clear mind and a goal to aim for.

Whatever mental illness it is that Aaron is struggling with he needs to know that we are all thinking of him and wish him all the very best. It can be a difficult time for his family and friends too so best wishes for them too.

Dave Brierley
89 Posted 03/05/2017 at 16:14:39
Most of us have either direct experience or other connection to this serious illness which seems so widespread these days. At least Aaron is no longer suffering in silence and will get all available help and support.

All best wishes to him.

Brian Wilkinson
91 Posted 03/05/2017 at 16:42:52
Shocking news, hope he gets all the treatment needed, what great support he is also getting from other sports fans and supporters from other clubs, get well soon Aaron, the club and supporters are right behind you.
Mike Gaynes
92 Posted 03/05/2017 at 16:51:21
Nice messages of support today from Stan Collymore and Frank Bruno, both of whom have battled mental health issues.

I think it's worth noting that depression isn't necessarily the issue here, that anxiety and panic disorders, bipolar disorder (Bruno) and schizoaffective disorder are equally disabling. We can't know for sure what's happened to Aaron until/unless the information is made public.

Some folks here have mentioned the stressful life of a professional athlete, but it's also worth noting is that stress is not necessarily a triggering or contributing factor in the onset of mental illness.

Brent Stephens
93 Posted 03/05/2017 at 16:57:01
Ajay (#76), "Lennon's illness is as real as Seamus' broken leg." Well said, Ajay.
Gaute Lie
94 Posted 03/05/2017 at 17:28:26
Why do they publicize this? A man's mental breakdown should not be in the papers unless he himself in his right state of mind says it's okay. So why is it in the papers the very next day? Do you think it's okay?

I do really feel sorry for him. One thing is the illness he's suffering. The other being everybody knows. Me thinks this is not very nice.

Ray Atherton
95 Posted 03/05/2017 at 17:32:52
Get better soon Aaron, you have huge support
from the Evertonian family.

Best wishes to Aaron"s family.

Mike Gaynes
97 Posted 03/05/2017 at 17:51:27
Gaute, I understand your point. And judging by his unexplained absence from the team since February, it may well be that this situation has been going on for a couple of months and has been kept confidential.

However, he is a public figure... and the involvement of the police has made the situation a matter of public record.

Not saying that's right or wrong... it's just the way it is.

Peter Webster
98 Posted 03/05/2017 at 18:08:55
Good luck, son. It may not seem it at times but it is possible to return from that void. I know and my heart goes out to you.
James Hughes
99 Posted 03/05/2017 at 18:15:44
Gaute, mental health is just as important as physical health. The not talking about it part, is what needs needs to change.

It can happen to anyone, just like anyone can break a leg. Trying to pretend it hasn't happened is what prevents recovery and creates the taboo.

There is no shame or embarrassment in what he has just experienced. Do not feel sorry for him, give him (and others) your support and understanding

Dan Davies
100 Posted 03/05/2017 at 18:26:20
Get well soon, Aaron, come back brighter mate.
Stan Schofield
101 Posted 03/05/2017 at 18:47:41
Gaute @94: In one sense, I agree with you. Public figures are also private folks who don't necessarily wish to have the world know about their illnesses or any other misfortunes. Not everybody wishes to discuss their personal battles beyond their loved ones and the professionals caring for them.

But being a public figure pretty much makes open awareness unavoidable, and if the facts were not out, then the media, being what it is with its large element of unprofessionalism and lack of ethics, would only speculate.

We can only hope that Aaron comes back stronger. To my mind, his style of play seems well suited to the high intensity pressing game that is wanted at the moment, the high energy often referred to.

Will Mabon
102 Posted 03/05/2017 at 18:53:43
James (#99), yes it needs better understanding in a wider sense, but there's nothing to be gained by public dissection of an individual's personal situation, that's a different thing and can be an unnecessary pressure to the sufferer. Look at the immediate opportunism shown by at least two newspapers, sure as the day dawns.

On the subject of discussion, as ever in the follow up to this unfortunate situation, the elephant in the room will pass unaddressed. One in four do or will suffer mental health problems, it's now stated. Many to be "touched" by cancer (and increasingly are), huge rises in Alzheimer's and related conditions – plus many others.

Treatment, help, fund raisers, "Awareness" campaigns, charity... but look what isn't happening. Never explored, properly explored in depth, is why.

If true, what on earth is going on that one in four of a species, any species, is suddenly suffering debilitating mental conditions? Time for that discussion, I feel.

Kevin Jones
103 Posted 03/05/2017 at 19:02:08
Hi Gaute, if you look at my post number 78, you will see I've suffered from depression in the past. I understand the call for privacy but in my case the more people that know the better, simply so people can keep an eye on you for signs etc.

I can't speak for Aaron, but I'm almost certain, that if Aaron does read these messages, he will start feeling better knowing he is loved and admired, and that the general public will not be judging him, but be behind him 100% to make a full recovery. If this had not come to light then none of these, nor all the other wonderful messages would have been posted.

As I said earlier, just knowing your problem is out there is a massive relief. You do get the odd over sympathetic person but they mean well, and once they realise you're the same person you've always been, they relax and treat you as they always have.

Brent Stephens
104 Posted 03/05/2017 at 19:15:38
It really would be a great touch if, after a day or so of posts on this thread, the contents of the thread could be sent to Aaron, perhaps via the club. Michael / Lyndon?

As Kevin #103 says "I can't speak for Aaron, but I'm almost certain, that if Aaron does read these messages, he will start feeling better knowing he is loved and admired, and that the general public will not be judging him, but be behind him 100% to make a full recovery."

James Marshall
105 Posted 03/05/2017 at 19:21:23
As another poster who's struggled over the years, and without going into too much personal detail, I can also attest to it being the most debilitating period of my life by far - I've broken pretty much every bone in my body apart from my pelvis (strong pelvis), and nothing stops you in your tracks like mental health issues.

I would also like to mention at this point, the care shown on this thread should be taken into consideration more often when talking about footballers as mere commodities, and ignoring the human element when people say things like "get rid" and so on.

Words like that are hurtful to other human beings, and money means nothing when you're talking about someone's health. Right that people are not being sensitive as they have no reason to be – I'd like to think that people could also be just as sensitive when talking about the careers and lives of other players in the future.

You just never know.

Tony Abrahams
106 Posted 03/05/2017 at 19:22:47
Good idea that, Brent.

I spoke about going to two funerals lately, and whilst having a drink after they had been laid to rest, my thoughts were that if only they could have come to their own wake, to see how much they were both loved.

Mental illness is such a terrible thing especially when you consider the saying that a problem shared is a problem halved? Modern life is very hard.

Jeff Spiers
107 Posted 03/05/2017 at 19:34:23
I have suffered with similar illness. It affected family. Cannot get the lost years back. But Aaron, there are people who can help. Don't suffer mate.
Mike Gaynes
108 Posted 03/05/2017 at 19:37:26
James #105, I salute you for your strength and perseverance.

Kevin #103, deepest respects for your openness as well. It's true that through our more enlightened view of mental illness, it has generically become something that is no longer considered shameful. But on the individual level, opening up can still be difficult, and going public can be a gut-wrenching decision.

One of my clients is a company providing a drug-free technology for depression treatment, using MRI-strength magnetic pulses to reach the part of the brain that controls mood. It's an exciting breakthrough, and some patients are eager to go public with their stories of recovery so that other depression patients will know this treatment is available. But a significant majority still choose to remain private because their friends and co-workers, and sometimes even family members, don't know that they've been treated for depression. They've kept it a secret... in fear of the stigma that still remains.

Christy Ring
109 Posted 03/05/2017 at 19:40:22
My thoughts are with you and your family. I hope with the support of Everton, friends and professional help, you'll make a full recovery, and become a stronger person, and back enjoying football next season.
Mike Gaynes
110 Posted 03/05/2017 at 19:43:57
Tony (#106), that's a lovely thought, but it might not have mattered. The patients I have spoken with tell me that in cases of profound depression the black cloud of hopelessness can be so impenetrable that no message of love or caring can get through it.

That's when getting the right kind of help can be a matter of life or death.

Steve Ferns
111 Posted 03/05/2017 at 19:54:18
I ain't a big fan of t-shirts on players, like New Stand FC do every time someone breaks a nail, but if there was ever a time this is it.

Also, I expect Everton to do something to give the fans something to show Lennon we are with him, a Dortmund Style mosaic maybe?

Dermot Byrne
112 Posted 03/05/2017 at 20:30:18
Steve... nice idea. But I reckon he might need to just live a quiet life for a bit. Despite our collective love, let the lad leave strangers like us behind, have no sense if debt to us or anyone for a while and quietly get better. The big thing he gets well. Football very secondary.
Tim O'Connell
113 Posted 03/05/2017 at 20:42:52
It will be a difficult journey for Aaron but he can pull through it with professional help and support from family and friends including the Everton Community. This thread so far shows he will get the support he will need.

I, like all the posters, wish him a speedy recovery and hope he can enjoy playing football again!

Chad Schofield
114 Posted 03/05/2017 at 20:43:22
So sorry to hear the news about Aaron, but sure he'll be touched by the way Evertonions and the wider football community have reacted in such a mature way.

Wishing him a thorough recovery.

Tony Sullivan
116 Posted 03/05/2017 at 21:38:23
Daily Mail and its owners, the Northcliffe family, supported Hitler and the fascists in the 1930s with memorable headlines such as 'Hurrah for the Blackshirts'. They are still in the sewer today.

I am amazed they report on Champions League/Europa League as they are European competitions and the Mail maintains a visceral hatred of all things European.

Tom Dodds
117 Posted 03/05/2017 at 21:50:09
A famous leader once said, "Aaron, if you ever find yourself alone and in hell, just keep walking."

You're now in the best of hands with all us fans cheerin' you on from all sides. You keep lookin' up at the stars fella and not down in the gutter!

Get yerself healed, lad, and we'll see you soon.

Dermot Byrne
118 Posted 03/05/2017 at 21:53:32
Tony... the Mail wins if we read them. Otherwise...?
Damian Wilde
119 Posted 03/05/2017 at 22:37:47
I work for a psychotherapy service and have seen the impact of such struggles. I hope he receives understanding, containment and good therapeutic input. And that the media and public are understanding and don't throw stigmatising labels about like he has a disease/illness. He's a person with a story, I hope he feels heard.

All the best to him. The Blue community are right behind you.

Ian Riley
120 Posted 03/05/2017 at 22:42:03
Get well Mr Lennon. Football not important at present. Your health and wellbeing is greater than any job. The Everton family will be here to help you in your recovery. At present you need professional support to get you through this sticky patch that anyone can go through. In time you will come back stronger and we will be here to cheer you on.

Hope the family are getting support at this difficult time.

Eddie Dunn
121 Posted 03/05/2017 at 22:47:10
James (#105), very good point. One I almost mentioned myself – we do tend to think of the players, coaches and staff as commodities, sometimes more so , due to the feeling that their presence is transient.

Of course some may see us as a mere stepping stone, but others must look at us, like Aaron, as a new start, and a fresh challenge, and some must even think of us as a last desperate roll of the dice.

We should always remember that they are all human beings, with their frailties, just like the rest of us.

On a personal level, my daughter has had some issues and I mentioned Lennon's situation to her today. These problems are all around us and the more we know about how to deal with them the better.

Damian Wilde
122 Posted 03/05/2017 at 22:59:10
Eddie Dunn – spot on. We're all human and we can all be sensitive and vulnerable – and that's okay. We all have our own story.

I hope your daughter gets the appropriate support.

On a health and wellbeing note, here's an article I just wrote:


Take it easy, everyone.

Michael McCarthy
123 Posted 03/05/2017 at 23:37:37
Tessa is a season ticket holder Upper Bullens. Lot of messages wishing Aaron Lennon well. Tessa is doing something positive to help people in similar situations. She once ran for a bus, only once now running a half-marathon for MIND.

Her story: I'm running the Chester half-marathon in May for the charity Mind, who do an amazing job supporting those people suffering and their families. This is something really close to my heart and I'm hoping I can raise awareness and help to get rid of the stigma that unfortunately surrounds mental health. Nobody should feel they are alone, so if you do know somebody suffering, be there for them, having someone to talk to is massive and could really help them.

Any donation would be much appreciated! Thanks. X


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Jason Broome
124 Posted 04/05/2017 at 02:26:04
Section 136 MHA will only be used by police if a person is a danger to himself or another in a public place. Therefore I am glad that he is getting the treatment that will hopefully monitor and manage this illness.

The likes of Frank Bruno and even Britney Spears shows that medical intervention works if you catch it in time. I hope he beats this and finds the love of his family, club and fans as a constant reminder that he is much more than the sum of his parts.

Peter Gorman
125 Posted 04/05/2017 at 05:53:50
Nothing to add from my time zone which hasn't already been said.

Nobody knows what he was detained for and, out of respect for him and his family, I don't want to know.

I've massive respect for those who have wished only the best and more for those who have shared their personal stories.

Whatever your thoughts on Stan Collymore, I remember the revulsion I felt at the vile reaction he by-and-large received from the press during his own travails and I am surprised and heartened that we've clearly come a long way since then.

Ernie Baywood
126 Posted 04/05/2017 at 06:52:04
The Mail's headline is obviously below the belt, but to be fair they're saying something similar to what a lot of people are saying, albeit in a dramatic click-bait way.

How many times have you heard people say "See, doesn't matter how much money you have...". I know they mean well, but they're indicating that it does matter. That mental illness is associated with money or lack of.

No other illness gets that line, does it?

Peter Roberts
127 Posted 04/05/2017 at 07:57:09
Depression is awful – a terrible illness.

The lack of understanding about it is dangerous... a person can be made to feel weak for suffering from it.

It must be awful for those in the public eye too. They want to hide away but their deepest most private and personal battle is exposed.

Get well soon Aaron. Anyone out there who is struggling – speak to someone, get help. You aren't alone.

Eugene Ruane
128 Posted 04/05/2017 at 09:01:29
Ernie (#126),

'The Mail's headline is obviously below the belt, but to be fair they're saying something similar to what a lot of people are saying, albeit in a dramatic clickbait way.'

'To be fair'?

Being fair is something this hateful arse-wipe has no concept of.

Every bit as awful as The Sun – written and edited to appeal to the very worst in the very worst people.

Michael Penley
129 Posted 04/05/2017 at 09:25:28
Lot of people talking about depression, but I can't find mention of it in the article.

"Stress related illness" could mean a lot of things, and isn't normally used to cover depression.

Tony Draper
130 Posted 04/05/2017 at 09:32:17
I hope that Aaron receives morale boosting visits in the same way that Seamus did recently.

Nobody chooses to have mental health issues anymore than Seamus wanted a broken leg.

John Maxwell
132 Posted 04/05/2017 at 10:12:50
Refreshing to see all these posts with support for Aaron.

I remember Collymore going through it a few years ago, people said "How can he be depressed, he's on £50k a week"!

I think society has moved on in a good way and people now realise that it is an illness which can affect anyone.

Get well soon, Aaron, hope you read this page.

Kate Howlett
133 Posted 04/05/2017 at 10:32:30
Aaron needs the support of his Family and Everton and the wider community.

I have suffered from stress and axiety for more than ten years. I had to see Welfare Services quite a few times, because I couldn't cope. My problems came to a head in 2015 when I had to take off work with depression. My family didn't understand it and told me to pull myself together.

I would hope Aaron is told about Mindfulness, and how we think of the now and not the past or future. Mindfulness is hard to understand. The people who seem to understand it are Buddhists, and I am finding going to a Buddhist Centre for training in Meditation. I have found that a lot of the folk who go have suffered from Anxiety etc. I have found that you get more support from Buddhists, my Christian friends think that all you need to do is become a Christian and it will go away.

Peter Roberts
137 Posted 04/05/2017 at 12:38:30
Awful news about Aaron, hope he gets the support he needs.

And while I otherwise loath the song for the connotations with that lot, I feel like the words of You'll Never Walk Alone are actually quite apt for anyone dealing with serious illness (Macmillan use a version on their adverts).

Colin Hughes
140 Posted 04/05/2017 at 13:13:14
So sad that he can't enjoy life on 㿊-40 grand a week. What about the mentally ill fans who have had to witness 22 years of failure and the worst derby match winless run in our entire history?
David Barks
141 Posted 04/05/2017 at 13:33:00

What a piece of shit you've shown yourself as with that post. Absolutely disgraceful. Illness doesn't check a person's bank account.

Kevin Jones
144 Posted 04/05/2017 at 13:52:16
Forgive Colin everyone, he doesn't know what he's talking about. Its called "the arrogance of ignorance". I don't understand something, so I'll wave it away and post a sarcastic message.
Kieran Kinsella
145 Posted 04/05/2017 at 13:57:31

Nicely put.

Peter Fearon
147 Posted 04/05/2017 at 14:09:05
Aaron was treated poorly by Spurs towards the end of his time there and made to feel like a total failure. He had some initial success here at Everton but he has been out of favour now for some time.

When so much has been expected of you since you were a child and at the fag end of your career you have not achieved what you believed you were capable of it is little wonder that depression sets in for some players while others can "take the money and run"?

It is a reminder that sometimes the groans of despair and shouts of abuse from the terraces can have a destructive impact on some players. I hope we see Aaron Lennon play in an Everton shirt again and I hope we give him fantastic support if he does.

Shane Corcoran
148 Posted 04/05/2017 at 14:22:35
Colin, it is indeed very sad that he can't enjoy life on £30-40k per week. That's the point.
Peter Fearon
149 Posted 04/05/2017 at 14:29:38
By the way, the reason the authorities have to publicly announce it when someone is sectioned under the Mental Health Act is to limit the extent to which that law can be abused to "disappear" opponents of the political system. If you think that couldn't happen, then you're too young to remember Thatcher.
Robert Elliott
150 Posted 04/05/2017 at 14:41:06
Let's be honest, we can speculate all day long about the possible issues in Aaron's life which have led him to this stage.

I've had my own battle with a stress related illness and it occurred at a time when everything in life for me was going perfectly well. That's why the headline about his weekly wage is not only a disgrace, it's totally ignorant.

Stress related illnesses can strike anyone at anytime; having been through it, I'd offer anyone dealing with issues of this nature my very best wishes.

Sam Morrison
151 Posted 04/05/2017 at 14:50:07
If Aaron ever reads this thread then best wishes to you mate. I've been lucky enough to avoid clinical depression but I'm pretty sure it doesn't relate to your wage.
Geoff Williams
152 Posted 04/05/2017 at 15:05:34
I hope that this sad event will act as a wake-up call to all those who use this site to write vile abuse about players such as Barkley. I'm not saying that in Aaron's case that this is the cause of his condition but shy and introvert players tend to take criticism to heart and who knows what damage is done? Criticise player performances by all means but don't make it so personal.

Get well soon, Aaron.

Brent Stephens
153 Posted 04/05/2017 at 15:17:47
Colin (#140) – I feared there might be some brainless posts – you didn't let us down.

I did almost "flag" your comment for the moderators to remove it but, on reflection, perhaps better it stays there as (a) its uniqueness emphasises the extent of the generosity of spirit among the rest of the ToffeeWeb community; and (b) it might just allow you to reflect it a bit longer on your post.

Liam's post (#18), I suspect, anticipated there'd be one moron out there.

Mark Stone
154 Posted 04/05/2017 at 15:19:57
Fuck's sake, Colin, what a stupid thing to say. Educate yourself, fool.
Don Alexander
156 Posted 04/05/2017 at 15:29:34
I wish Aaron Lennon all the very best in dealing with his ailment.

Ernie Baywood
157 Posted 04/05/2017 at 15:46:50
Colin, mental illness and depression isn't about not being able to enjoy yourself. It's not even necessarily about the circumstances you find yourself in.

I've had a pretty stressful existence but have been fortunate enough not to suffer such problems. Similarly, I know people with seemingly more comfortable lives who have suffered such problems.

They're no dividing line between haves and have-nots, it's an illness. Like any illness, it can strike anyone. It can be due to something long ago in the past. Or there might not be any obvious reason.

Not for one second would you criticise someone who earns £50k a week for having cancer. This is not that dissimilar.

Ernie Baywood
158 Posted 04/05/2017 at 15:53:23
Eugene (#128),

To be fair, I didn't say the Mail was being fair. I said I was being fair.

The Mail made a link between money and happiness, as though those two are related to mental health. They did it in a very shitty, tabloid way, but plenty of well meaning people have made the same association.

Jack Cross
159 Posted 04/05/2017 at 16:00:40
All the best to Aaron and his family. Here's hoping he fully recovers.

The cause might not be anything to do with him being a footballer. Anything can trigger depression. Whats minor to one person, can be major to another and vice versa.

At least mental health doesn't have the stigma attached to it these days as it did in yesteryear. So he will get the best of treatment.

As for the two shit papers in question, I can't understand why anybody even mentions their names. Leave them were they belong in the rubbish bin.

Kev Johnson
161 Posted 04/05/2017 at 16:28:24
Really sad when I heard this news, hope you get well asap Aaron, all your blue family is thinking of you.
Colin Grierson
165 Posted 04/05/2017 at 18:56:52
Good lick in you recovery, Aaron. It can happen to anyone at any time.

You'll get lots of support from your blue family. I hope it helps you through. You can't put a price on your health. Mental health issues are often undetected and therefore people reach breaking point. Hopefully, with the recent disclosures from the Princes, man in particular will start talking about their feelings without fear of ridicule. There's no shame in being overwhelmed by stress or depression.

Garry Corgan
166 Posted 04/05/2017 at 20:17:20
I've suffered from stress and anxiety myself. If anyone had asked me at the time if I was okay, I'd have honestly said yes and believed it myself.

Over the course of a few months, I suffered from a frustrating inability to swallow, an irregular heartbeat and sleep apnea. It was only when I went to the GP that stress and anxiety were diagnosed.

These are the kinds of physical symptoms that can manifest themselves from a psychological cause. So with that said, best wishes to Aaron Lennon for a full recovery.

Paul A Smith
167 Posted 04/05/2017 at 20:59:46
I feel for Aaron Lennon and the rest of the people suffering from mental health. My partner is a Mental Health nurse and I know how difficult the job can be trying to do the best for sufferers.

The situation is nothing to be scoffed at no matter what he has or what he can still achieve. The lad is obviously in a place or situation he can't control and I pray he gets back to being happy. Give me a broken bone over mental pain anyday.

Best of health to all you TW well wishers, the support is fantastic and as simple as it sounds, a little line of hope can give anyone in that situation a big lift.

Paul A Smith
168 Posted 04/05/2017 at 21:06:28
Seriously can't believe what I am reading, Colin (#140). The clue is in the title. Mental Health.

He could be on a million quid a minute and banging all the Pussycat Dolls on a rolling contract but if his mind is not good, he can't be happy and healthy.

You're right in saying we have suffered but we are here writing about it which tells me we coped. (Even though it's still totally irrelevant.)

Stan Schofield
169 Posted 04/05/2017 at 22:17:44
Colin @140: I've been a supporter since I was 7, that's 56 years. But I realise that football is just a game. There are bigger fish to fry in this life than losing sleep over Everton or any other football club.
Brian Porter
170 Posted 05/05/2017 at 00:18:38
Totally agree with those who have taken Colin (#140) to task over his crass comment.

I suffer from chronic clinical depression which had no apparent cause. I had a great career, plenty of money, great family and everything I could have wished for. One morning, I woke up and couldn't even get out of bed. Had a complete mental breakdown and it has taken many years to reach a point where I can function 'normally' most of the time. My illness wasn't related to my earnings in any way.

Until it hit me I would have told everyone I was happy and contented with life. This is an illness, like cancer, heart disease or any other sickness. The big difference is that it can't be seen and that makes it hard for some people to understand. Worth remembering that Winston Churchill fought depression for many years. He called it his 'black dog'.

Get well soon, Aaron Lennon. The vast majority of Evertonians are in your corner and will stick by you.

Mike Gaynes
171 Posted 05/05/2017 at 04:07:58
Brian Porter, you are a very brave man.

All the best to you, sir, as you continue to regain your grip on life.

And as you mentioned, you're in good company -- aside from Churchill, the club includes Abraham Lincoln (“I am now the most miserable man living”), Buddha, Freud, Darwin, Hemingway, Bergman and, more recently, JK Rowling, Michael Phelps and Brad Pitt.

Brian Porter
172 Posted 05/05/2017 at 06:12:32
Thanks Mike #171. I appreciate your kind words.
Brendan Fox
175 Posted 05/05/2017 at 08:10:53
Wishing Aaron gets all the help and support he needs to help him get back to a better place.
Peter Roberts
176 Posted 05/05/2017 at 08:54:30
Colin's comment (#140) just shows the level of taboo, misunderstanding and ignorance of a serious serious illness.

He's not alone in thinking like this, there will be plenty of people who think it but will not say it because they know the reaction will be severe.

I've had physical pain before now that has required morphine nothing comes close to the devastating fear that is depression... as a young man you think "I've got 30 or 40 years of feeling like this!" when depression grips, you do not think it will pass.

The worst part of it is people think a few pearls of wisdom will sort it out. It won't... love, compassion, understanding and support.

Best of luck Aaron – we are all behind you.

Dave Abrahams
177 Posted 05/05/2017 at 09:19:29
Brian (#170), I have read your posts on here for a couple of years and they are usually sensible and well considered. Nobody would realise what you have been through.

I think it proves depression, like pain, is something no-one can see. I know a few friends who have been overwhelmed by this illness and it is terrible to watch them go through months and years suffering and going from happy-go-lucky people to withdrawn and hardly taking in what is going on around them.

One of them, a life-long friend, came through it with help from family and friends but it left him not the person he was but much much better and able to enjoy life again and strangely he can talk about the way he was and even laugh at some of the things he did and said.

Best of luck to the future and glad you were able to talk about your illness, Brian. I'm no expert but think it is a good sign of your progress that you can talk about the way you were.

Paul Birmingham
178 Posted 05/05/2017 at 20:59:07
This puts life in context. All the best Aaron on a full recovery to full health again.
Thomas Lennon
179 Posted 06/05/2017 at 06:02:27
It is a shame that so many people equate money with happiness, though perhaps in a society where there is much misery in pursuit of money it is not surprising that there is also misery when in possession of money.

When you have all the things you ever dreamed about, all the experiences money can buy it might make some happy for a while. But when you look at your friend's and lovers and can never be sure what or who it is they love it then all the Ferrari's in the world won't give you peace. Especially when you know that money is running out.

None of that directly applies to clinical depression or anxiety of course, but if you are prone it might be a factor.

Go and help people, not with your money but with who you are. If just one thanks you for your help it is worth far more than mere money.

Ian Linn
180 Posted 06/05/2017 at 06:18:08
Hopefully our fans will sing his name tomorrow at Swansea.
Dan Egerton
181 Posted 06/05/2017 at 10:42:12
"God willing, we've all grown up a little after the Gary Speed tragedy."


Stan Schofield
182 Posted 06/05/2017 at 15:13:36
Just a reminder that from the information provided there is no evidence that depression, anxiety or unhappiness figure in this at all. It is stress-related illness, which might have nothing to do with some of the issues cited on this thread.

Koeman in his presser would go no further than saying it was stress-related illness, also saying that further details were private at this stage.

Mike Keating
183 Posted 07/05/2017 at 07:28:23
Alan Brazil talking some sense in today's Sunday Post:

Football must heed lessons from Everton star Aaron Lennon's plight

Peter Mills
184 Posted 07/05/2017 at 10:18:32
I have read this site on a daily basis for a number of years now, and believe it to be the best place available for Everton news, stories, memories, and opinions. I occasionally cringe at some of the things written, especially when personal arguments develop and fester, but accept such things as part of human nature.

The responses to the Mike Gaynes thread, with the heart-warming, joyous posts in support of his visit, and now the thoughtful messages here (well spoken, in particular, Brian Porter) show an even more caring set of supporters than I thought we had.

Tony Draper
185 Posted 09/05/2017 at 09:42:08
Aaron, take your time my friend. Just get well, that is what every Royal Blue wants most of all for you.

You are one of us, and despite our silly occasional squabbles, we genuinely care about each other. Far more than we truly realise. Then, "one of our own" faces difficult circumstances and we quit our momentary trivialities and focus upon the greater issues.

Like many Royal Blues, my thoughts have been with you since the news broke.

Draw upon our strength Aaron, please.
But, as I said in opening, take your time.

Best wishes.

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