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Coercive Control, and my subsequent troubles with trusting women.

I know this is a controversial topic, and because of that, I will start with an explanation of my intent in writing this article. This article is NOT a slight on women, or a justification for any of the feelings…

Our Mental Health Experiences: Part 3

There is a lot of stigma attached to the issue of mental health, and especially amongst men. As someone who has suffered with depression for a long time now, I have found it difficult to talk about. Now I have…

Why “Gay Footballer” Hoax is More Damaging Than Most Realise

So, it seems the “gay footballer” twitter account was a hoax, as many feared. Most will just think “oh well” and move on, but for gay fans, it’s far more than that. Many replies to this account’s tweets were asking…

A Royal Team Talk- Thoughts From @Markyoddbod

So I’ve just watched the royal team talk special on the iplayer and to say it was emotional would be an understanding. Hearing some of the legends of the game ( and Jermaine Jenas) talk of their struggles along with…

Prejudice, Opening up and “Fitting In”

[DISCLAIMER: offensive/ insulting language] When I was a young lad, we moved from South Staffordshire down to Hampshire, due to a job opportunity that arose for one of my parents. However, it all went a bit sour pretty fast. When…

How Aston Villa helped me: My story.

When Tom was looking for contributions to his blog regarding mental health within football only last month, I opened up and touched on how football supported me in my own life and helped me deal with struggles I may have…

Mental Health Experiences: Part 2

There is a lot of stigma attached to the issue of mental health, and especially amongst men. As someone who has suffered with depression for a long time now, I have found it difficult to talk about. Now I have…

Our Experiences With Mental Health: You’re Not Alone

There is a lot of stigma attached to the issue of mental health, and especially amongst men. As someone who has struggled with my mental health for a long time now, I have found it difficult to talk about. Now…