Waterford’s Wayne Hutchinson reveals battle with depression

Wayne Hutchinson, pictured in NFL action against Carlow on Sunday last. The Ballygunner and Gaultier clubman has revealed his lengthy battle with depression.	| Photo: Sean Byrne

Wayne Hutchinson, pictured in NFL action against Carlow on Sunday last. The Ballygunner and Gaultier clubman has revealed his lengthy battle with depression. | Photo: Sean Byrne

Ballygunner and Gaultier’s Wayne Hutchinson, who has represented Waterford in both senior inter-county hurling and football, has revealed his lengthy battle with depression, which he admits left him emotionally and mentally crippled little over a year ago.

In a frank and emotional essay written for The Munster Express, Hutchison (29) recalled being diagnosed with depression when aged 18 and how, a decade later, the severity of his illness had led him to plan his own death.

“I’d planned what I was going to do well in advance, right down to date, time and place,” he writes, recalling a tortuous night in January of last year. “I was going to end it all…all I wanted was some peace.”

Having left a rope in a woodlands behind his family home that afternoon, Wayne was about to leave the house when footsteps from upstairs forced him to hide in a ground floor bathroom. His mother, whom he’d opened up to about his depression in his teenage years, had unknowingly halted a family tragedy.

The following day, Hutchinson retrieved the items he’d placed in the woodland, including a rope, and drove to Dunmore East, where he threw them off a cliff.

“Depression is very difficult to explain to anyone that’s not had it,” he states.

“If you’ve not had it, I really feel there aren’t sufficient words to describe its horror, the mental torture of it.

“But I’m not willing to go back to that place again. What I am willing to do is to fight it, to talk about it and to share my experience.”

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