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Ex-Stags forward talks of battle with depression

9th May 2017

Former Mansfield Town striker Billy Kee has talked openly about his battle with depression as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.

The 26-year-old, who made 13 appearances for the Stags in 2015 on loan from Scunthorpe United, says he spent some time working on a building site towards the end of last year to get some perspective back in his life.

Speaking to his current club's website, the Accrington Stanley forward who scored 15 goals this season said: "It’s really hard and it’s something I will always have. I have never shied away from my problems and I will talk to anyone about it.

"It was really bad depression last year and I have had to bounce back, get myself together and get myself right, and the gaffer (John Coleman) and Jimmy (Bell) have been brilliant at supporting me.

"It’s hard as people do not realise. They look at you and think you have a good job, a lovely family but it doesn’t change the way you feel.

"I was coming into the club every day and wanting to cry and not play football. That’s wrong as it’s best job in the world."

Kee, who is married to Leigh and father to Brady, admitted he needed some time away from the game in October, explaining: "I went to work on a building site for two or three weeks and it was a very different experience and it helped me.

"It was a different life. I had to get up at 7am and finish at 5pm and it was hard. It allowed me to stand back and look at my life and the options I had available.

"I realised that football, and the support you get, could help me and the gaffer and Jimmy were there for me."

"You are best to admit it than keep it inside. It is happening to a lot of lads, in football and out of football, and many don’t realise it.

"It’s important to talk about it and luckily I have been able to do that and be up front about it."

For the full interview, click here for the article on Accrington Stanley's website.


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