Dave Kitson: I tried to kill myself as depression took a grip on my life

DEPRESSSION is an unfortunate word. It implies those who suffer from it are merely a little bit sad and can snap out of it at any time.

But make no mistake, depression is a killer. It is an epidemic facing not only football but also the wider world.

Dave Kitson: I tried to kill myself as depression took a grip on my lifePA:Empics Sport6 Former Portsmouth striker Dave Kitson has revealed how he tried to take his own life

On Sunday, my former teammate at Portsmouth, David Cotterill, revealed in this paper that he has struggled for years with depression.

I asked him to tell his story on talkSPORT on Wednesday night and his revelations were shocking — but not surprising.

In his darkest moments he would take a knife and hold it to his throat, waiting to see if that was the day he plunged it into his neck.

He is by no means the only player to suffer.

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