While the circumstances that led to the death of Wales football manager Gary Speed on Sunday morning may never be fully known, his sad passing has highlighted an issue rarely addressed in a wholesale manner: depression.
Just 24 hours prior to Sunday’s sad news, former footballer Stan Collymore posted an emotional and brutally honest online account of his ongoing struggle with depression.
In that same day’s Irish Times, reporter Peter Murtagh relayed the story of the late Kate Fitzgerald, who took her life at the age of 25 following a lengthy battle with the ‘silent illness’.