'Signing for Scarborough Athletic helped me fall back in love with football' insists ex Salford City man Kieran Glynn
Ex Salford City man Kieran Glynn has admitted that signing for Scarborough Athletic helped him fall back in love with football in a powerful statement about mental health.
The midfielder joined Boro on a permanent deal after impressing on loan from the League Two club at the back end of the 2019/20 season.
Glynn has taken to Twitter to detail mental health struggles he experienced during earlier parts of his career, going on to thank Scarborough Athletic's players and coaching staff for helping him fall back in love with the game.
Glynn's statement read: "I’m never one to go in-depth with emotions as many a man isn’t. But I thought I’d share my story as now seems the right time seen as its World Suicide Prevention Day.
"When I signed my professional contract with Salford City, I was over the moon as it was a childhood dream come true and many people shared the same hopes for me.
"As the season went on I fell further and further into a state of depression, through no fault of anyone at the club or anyone’s actions may I add.
"I found it difficult not playing games and that began to show in my effort and commitment to football, I began to go home and keep myself isolated from anyone and anything, even the most mundane tasks.
"No one would’ve suspected it from the front I had on, coming in, smiling every day, laughing and joking with teammates.
"That took its toll into the next season when at Southport, I was over the moon finally going to get game time and hopefully fall back in love with football.
"As the months went on and my performances began to reflect my personal life and emotions. I came in trying to forget things that were happening in my own head but that proved far too difficult. I began to fall back in the lull of hating football.
"At this stage I seriously considered quitting football, the one thing I loved doing was causing me more stress than happiness. I have no hard feelings towards either Southport or Salford at all, they game me opportunities to further my career and through my own decisions and emotional characteristics I didn’t make the most on those chances.
"In January, I moved on loan to Scarborough and I began to fall back in love with football. I won’t sugarcoat the love I have for the lads and coaching staff but little do they know just how much they helped me grow in the short time I’ve been at the club and how thankful I am to every single one of them.
"You can ask anyone I’ve had any interaction with in a changing room and they will tell you that they would never suspect that I’d have fallen into a state of depression.
"This is what is meant by the ‘#ItsOkayToTalk’ initiative, even if someone seems the happiest of people on the outside you will never know what goes on inside their own minds.
"So all I can say is that it takes a single minute to ask someone how they’re feeling and seriously read that person and see if they’re actually content deep down."