NEIL LENNON has bravely revealed he battled a bout of depression while Hibernian were fighting for the Scottish Championship title bid.
The Northern Irishman has struggled with mental health issues for many years, even when he was a star player for Leicester and Celtic.
And the 45-year-old has revealed how the problems of the past have come back, but he has had support from his colleagues at Hibs.
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Last week it emerged Everton star Aaron Lennon has been detained under the Mental Health Act, with his club revealing a stress-related illness has prevented him from playing.
The footballing world has since come out in support of the former England winger.
And namesake Neil, 45, explained the sometimes stark struggle with doing normal tasks a manager has to take care of around the club.
He told Sky Sports News: “The job is difficult enough when you’re feeling OK.
“But when you suffer from a bout of depression, everything is magnified.
“You feel 10 times worse about things. I did have an episode of it this season for about four or five weeks and the club were great about it.
“They were really supportive, as were my back-room staff as well.
“I got through it OK and came out the other side. When you come out the other side it’s a great feeling.
“There were a lot of people there for me, the LMA included. They were a great source of help.
“What you do is put a brave face on it publicly, bit inside you are feeling it.
“I totally understand why people don’t want to talk about it but the more you talk about it to professional people, the easier it becomes to deal with.”
If you need to talk to someone about issues raised in this story, call the Samaritans on 116 123 from the UK or mental health issue charity Mind on 020 8519 2122.
If you feel affected by stress and mental health issues you can call SANE’s helpline on 0300 123 3393