Tuesday 10 December 2019

I thought about killing myself - top cricketer tells of depression battle

John Mooney
John Mooney

IRELAND cricketer John Mooney has revealed that he thought about killing himself.

The Irish cricket star had to return early from a tour of the Caribbean at the start of the year and missed the World T20 tournament as he received treatment for what was described at the time as an "ongoing stress-related illness".

However, the Dubliner has now revealed he was battling depression for years prior to the Caribbean tour and thought about killing himself.

"I have had suicidal thoughts. I had to tell my wife about it. She was devastated. That was the first time I had to go into St Pat's. It would have been easy to go through with the plan I had. But to go through the process of getting help was the best decision I ever made," he said.

Mooney said that he had spent weeks in St Patrick's Hospital over the last few years. "I just wasn't in the frame of mind to get up out of bed. It was a really, really bad place," he told Hugh Cahill on 2FM's Game On show.

The 32-year-old said he is still fighting the illness but that he hopes going public will help other men who are suffering to seek help.

Irish Independent

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