Saturday, 15 October 2016

Black Dog

Sad to hear that former Wales No 8 Andy Powell has been suffering depression for the last 18 months.

Powell retired from rugby this week with his club, Merthyr, citing a persistent knee injury. The player has since confirmed, however, that his battle with depression was the main reason.

I'm always slightly surprised when I find that a professional sportsman who is "living the dream" can suffer what can be such a debilitating condition, especially a "character" like Powell (and who can forget his infamous drunken escapade in a stolen golf buggy on the M4 motorway in 2010?). Again, however, it only goes to show how depression is no respecter of reputation.

The fact that Powell has, in a week which featured World Mental Health Day, now gone public with his condition can only be good thing and he is to be applauded.

I'm sure we all wish him a full recovery and a happy retirement.

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