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Azza Ain’t Alone

Azza Ain’t Alone

More and more footballers are seeking help for mental health problems as awareness of the issue grows, according to the Professional Footballers’ Association.

The subject has come into focus again after Everton winger Aaron Lennon was detained under the Mental Health Act amid concerns for his welfare in Salford on Sunday.

Lennon was taken to hospital on Sunday to be assessed and is being treated for a stress-related illness.

Since 2012 the PFA has provided a dedicated service to help with its members’ well-being and the numbers taking advantage of that are on the rise.

“We put a player welfare department in place in 2012 because I felt a lot of onus was being placed on the physical aspect of players playing football and not enough on their emotional side, and I think the two go hand-in-hand,” Michael Bennett, PFA head of welfare, told Press Association Sport.

“Last year we had 160; of which 62 were current players and 98 were former players, and that is growing year-on-year.

“Key for me is making our members aware of what is in place and the more we raise awareness, the more people will use the service.

“I think it is a male mindset that it is seen as a weakness so for people like Clarke Carlisle, Rio Ferdinand – even Prince Harry – to talk about their own experience brings the taboo down and you become more comfortable being able to talk about it.

“We are trying to change that mindset because if you were to twist an ankle or pull a hamstring – because you can physically see it – you can treat it, but because mental illness is something you can’t see it is not viewed the same as something you can see.”

The PFA has put in place a system which offers a variety of help and advice options, ranging from a 24-hour phoneline to access to a psychiatrist.

“We decided we needed to put in place a network of national counsellors around the country: we started with 28 in 2012 and now we have 100-plus,” added Bennett.

“Stress, anxiety, depression are a symptom of something and we try to work out what the root issue is and then place them with the nearest counsellor to where they live, and they just get on with it in a private and confidential setting.

“We are also aware some players or members don’t want to speak to someone face-to-face so we set up a 24-hour telephone helping where they can speak to a qualified counsellor any time.

“If we have severe cases, we have psychiatrists we use that can let us assess the player and show us what best routes there are to support them.

“What we are trying to do is educate about what it looks like and what it looks like in the context of football, so they have a better understanding when they encounter it and where to go for support.”

PA Sport

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  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?

  • Arse Biscuit May 4, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Let’s hope none of our players are aware of the constant flow of nastiness that pours from your keyboard

  • Spurstacus 馃拫 May 4, 2017 at 10:49 am

    AntSpurs
    Seen tonight a programme on ADHD and they鈥檙e using flys for research as they show many genes comparitive with those suffering from ADHD. From the thousands of genes required in the make up of this deficiency,so far 20-30 have been found in 鈥榝lys鈥檃nd this is the way forward. Fuck me, not usually the bearer of bad news but this is where they are for something bit so debilitating as ADHD researching for the last few hundred years .

    Was Rory Bremner in the programme? I heard his ‘voyage of ADHD discovery’ on the wireless, and frankly, he seemed over eager (excited, even) to be diagnosed with the disorder.

    From what I could gather, a diagnosis was far from certain, yet he was delighted to be told he ‘might’ be a [minor] sufferer.

    I found his enthusiasm demeaning.

  • Spurstacus 馃拫 May 4, 2017 at 10:38 am

    McG
    To do this during a title run in??! Silly w*anker. Can鈥檛 see Poch forgiving this one. Where do you go from here? He鈥檚 not on huge wages, so he could be left to rot for a season, but the cash would come in useful for transfers. Stick a 50 mil tag on him, & tell the tosser he can鈥檛 move to any team in the prermiership. If true, what an absolute arsehole. Thanks Pep or Jose forthe tapping up too, timing just perfect.

    You’d make a super religious cult leader.

    • McG 鈿解毥 May 4, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Hey, I been sticking up for Walks for weeks on here. Seen the twitter pics, they all gone, every single Spurs pic. No tweet after the NLD. If untrue then hands up, but I sadly think you’re wrong Spurs.

      • McG 鈿解毥 May 4, 2017 at 10:46 am

        *Spurts

      • Spurstacus 馃拫 May 4, 2017 at 10:50 am
      • Spurstacus 馃拫 May 4, 2017 at 10:55 am

        He’s a young man who loves playing football. He was dropped for Spurs’ two biggest games of the season, so far. I guess he should have thrown a party.

  • Spurstacus 馃拫 May 4, 2017 at 10:33 am

    What I do find disappointing is how It’s often those that whinge the loudest about fake news are the quickest to believe the reports, and slag off the player / players / club.

    Don’t get me wrong, I hate the speculation; I know people are duplicitous; I feel the pain and rejection when our favourites leave, and I bear a long grudge.

    He may well deserve some good ol’ fashioned hatin’ in time, but until it’s clear that he does, I’ll keep shtum.

    I rather suspect someone is trying to derail our very slim chances of winning the Prem. Why would Spurs’ fans jump onboard with that?

    • AccringtonSpurs May 4, 2017 at 10:41 am

      Yesterday he appeared in a video on Facebook with Harry Kane making a soup with the club chef. Both Kane and Walker were wearing their kits.

      I think this is overblown, somewhat. Maybe he will be sold, but at the moment it looks like he’s still a fully paid up member on Tottenham Hotspur FC Inc.

      • Spurstacus 馃拫 May 4, 2017 at 10:58 am

        Mmm. Club chef soup. Deticious.

        • Camus May 4, 2017 at 11:11 am

          *Delicious. Tsk.

  • Spurstacus 馃拫 May 4, 2017 at 10:14 am

    melcyid
    what other club can offer wembley every week

    *every other week

    http://www.wembleymagpies.com.au

  • Spurstacus 馃拫 May 4, 2017 at 10:02 am

    https://mobile.twitter.com/kylewalker2

    Yep. Not a Spurs’ reference to see.

    • Harry Hotspur May 4, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Rip his contract up.

      • Spurstacus 馃拫 May 4, 2017 at 10:19 am

        And his birth certificate – if he even has one.

    • McG 鈿解毥 May 4, 2017 at 10:14 am

      To do this during a title run in??! Silly w*anker. Can’t see Poch forgiving this one. Where do you go from here? He’s not on huge wages, so he could be left to rot for a season, but the cash would come in useful for transfers. Stick a 50 mil tag on him, & tell the tosser he can’t move to any team in the prermiership. If true, what an absolute arsehole. Thanks Pep or Jose forthe tapping up too, timing just perfect.

      • Spurstacus 馃拫 May 4, 2017 at 10:18 am

        Can you provide a link to support this allegations, please? I’d like to see how big is the tea cup that this storm is in; and whether it is a storm in a tea cup or a fart in a thimble, for myself.

        • Spurstacus 馃拫 May 4, 2017 at 10:20 am

          Ahem. You get the gist.

  • McG 鈿解毥 May 4, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Sol C*ntbell’s agent obviously lives on planet………. C*ntbell!

    http://www.football365.com/news/campbell-agent-hits-back-at-spurs-over-stadium-snub

  • Spurstacus 馃拫 May 4, 2017 at 10:00 am

    https://mobile.twitter.com/kyle_e_walker?lang=en

    Not a single mention of Spurs or England.

  • Limerick AL May 4, 2017 at 9:53 am

    “Walker To be Offered The Captaincy”, You could not make it up !

  • East Stand May 4, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Love the way Poch has benched Walker in light of his wage demands and tapping up by Citeh. If you aren’t committed you get treated like you aren’t.

    Capoue, Ade, Kaboul, Lennon never got a look in once Poch had gauged their commitment.

    Secondly Walker bringing this up at this stage of the season (if true) is very poor behaviour, wait till the summer at least. What a fucking idiot…

    • Camus May 4, 2017 at 8:43 am

      I had thought there was nothing in it but his changing of his Twitter pics does suggest there’s something going on. It’s true that we don’t pay well compared to other clubs but I completely agree that he is a mug for causing issues at this stage of the season (if he has done). Have some class, boi.

      • 61SpursNut馃尠 May 4, 2017 at 9:38 am

        And he chose not to tweet about our NLD win.

        • 61SpursNut馃尠 May 4, 2017 at 9:44 am

          I guess he wasn’t happy with his performance for the last 2 minutes.

          • Spurstacus 馃拫 May 4, 2017 at 9:59 am

            I guess

            Most sensible part of this post.

      • Freund or Foe May 4, 2017 at 9:47 am

        I thought the same, nothing in it, but the Twitter thang does seem a bit of a statement. If it is as it seems, then what a twat he is. Fookim.

        • Spurstacus 馃拫 May 4, 2017 at 9:56 am

          If it is as it seems

          Most sensible part of this post.

      • Spurstacus 馃拫 May 4, 2017 at 9:57 am

        (if he has done)

        Most sensible part of this post.

      • East Stand May 4, 2017 at 11:39 am

        Might be fake news but he doesn’t seem to have any injuries and has been in decent form. Might be Poch just giving Tripps a chance to step up and keep Bonzo on his toes. Seems a bit odd for him to suddenly be 2nd choice though.

    • Spurstacus 馃拫 May 4, 2017 at 9:51 am

      (if true)

      Most sensible part of this post.

      • Freund or Foe May 4, 2017 at 9:54 am

        • Spurstacus 馃拫 May 4, 2017 at 10:04 am

          Homophobic.

  • Ufluckinplic May 4, 2017 at 4:23 am

    Excellent tongue in cheek article 馃槀馃槀馃槀http://tottenhamlive.com/threads/spurs-left-stunned-as-key-players-demand-summer-moves.741/

    • Camus May 4, 2017 at 8:56 am

      That’s a surprisingly entertaining read.
      Particularly like this line:-
      “The pair feel that Conte is doing a fantastic job at Stamford Bridge, despite his limited resources 鈥 which saw him spend a shrewd 拢118m on players last summer, including a bargain fee of 拢33m for back-up striker Michy Batshuayi.”

  • ronwol196061 May 4, 2017 at 3:46 am

    Good chat Ant! Goodnite mate!

  • melcyid May 4, 2017 at 1:14 am

    what other club can offer wembley every week

  • melcyid May 4, 2017 at 1:13 am

    whats up with walker surely its every footballers dream to play at wembley

    • AntSpurs May 4, 2017 at 1:14 am

      Spon doolies Mel. Has to be.

      • AntSpurs May 4, 2017 at 1:15 am

        Either that or Trips is up his arse.

        • AntSpurs May 4, 2017 at 1:16 am

          Showing him in training. Knocking the crosses in left right and centre.

          • AntSpurs May 4, 2017 at 1:19 am

            Or he’s seen a place in Casa Blanca

    • a waddle and a fork May 4, 2017 at 2:19 am

      the rumour is that he is sick of telling Potch that he can play more than one game in a week when Potch says that his fitness levels prove otherwise

      • AntSpurs May 4, 2017 at 2:26 am

        He tells Potch, game over sister.

  • AntSpurs May 4, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Seen tonight a programme on ADHD and they’re using flys for research as they show many genes comparitive with those suffering from ADHD. From the thousands of genes required in the make up of this deficiency,so far 20-30 have been found in ‘flys’and this is the way forward. Fuck me, not usually the bearer of bad news but this is where they are for something bit so debilitating as ADHD researching for the last few hundred years .

    • AntSpurs May 4, 2017 at 1:05 am

      *not

      • AntSpurs May 4, 2017 at 1:06 am

        *if

    • ronwol196061馃嚚馃嚘 May 4, 2017 at 2:29 am

      The flys are watching too much TV and drinking coke at a young age
      They should calm down a bit instead of flying around all over the place

      • AntSpurs May 4, 2017 at 2:35 am

        There are fruit flys too. They must have a decent diet.

        • AntSpurs May 4, 2017 at 2:37 am

          Btw I do agree somewhat on your theory of ‘energy’ relating to MH.

          • AntSpurs May 4, 2017 at 2:40 am

            Too much inside turns into combustion. You need a good bit burning inside, release a good bit on the outside and have a few loved ones dancing and toasting marshmallows round the fire and that’s the ticket .

            • ronwol196061馃嚚馃嚘 May 4, 2017 at 2:49 am

              3 steps to a healthy mind using the Barbeque Method

              • AntSpurs May 4, 2017 at 2:55 am

                I didn’t believe Harts either. That reminds me: what do you call a group of guys standing outside a hair salon? A Barber Queue.

                • ronwol196061馃嚚馃嚘 May 4, 2017 at 2:56 am

                  I couldnt have heard it before I think you just made that up

                  • AntSpurs May 4, 2017 at 3:00 am

                    He said you couldn’t organise a barbecue at a piss up 馃槣 You know the 3 step method.

                  • AntSpurs May 4, 2017 at 3:02 am

                    Or about the flys you mean ? Or the joke …dunno

                    • ronwol196061馃嚚馃嚘 May 4, 2017 at 3:14 am

                      Im so confused now ive gone into tailspin

          • ronwol196061馃嚚馃嚘 May 4, 2017 at 2:54 am

            About that energy idea.I feel very strong about that.If you are not using it positively or at least outward it comes back to hit you as depression. Healthy Self Esteem is the best way but not everyone can have a supportive childhood to support that. Understanding energy and pushing in in tbe right direction is key later

            • AntSpurs May 4, 2017 at 2:58 am

              Yes a major factor for sure. There are chemical imbalances and genetics etc involved but this theory certainly has a tonne of weight.

              • ronwol196061馃嚚馃嚘 May 4, 2017 at 3:07 am

                Yes Im sure there are chemical imbalances but wonder if some if them are not caused by the negative reaction to the anxiety rather than the chemicals themselves. After all,positive feelings change the chemicals too

                • AntSpurs May 4, 2017 at 3:23 am

                  Yes. I you are unfortunate enough to have bi polar for instance and fluctuate from manic to depressive states the clinicians will prescribe medication claiming them to stabilise the imbalance on the brain . No studies have proved this is the reason nor can experts even describe which chemical is involved so it’s a minefield. Most who suffer from depression don’t even have a minimum of being understood and there comes back to play the ‘energy’ theory. It’s not that people suffering from depression are ‘weak minded’ nor is it’ being a bit down’ or ‘don’t care’. We are all succeptible to it I believe and the environment we are in plays a huge part too. It’s why say Lamela if he is experiencing this, will want to keep it quiet because the responses he gets from the mainstream is enough to push him over the edge. A little help goes a long way !

                  • ronwol196061馃嚚馃嚘 May 4, 2017 at 3:32 am

                    For sure I agree with there are chemical imbalances in people.
                    No doubt.
                    That is inherrant in certain people like any other disease might be.Its not a case of having responsibility etc
                    But I think the other is true too as well.
                    As far as Lamela goes.Im not sure about this because he was doing fairly well before he got ill.So not sure if its his head,his hip or his hair.

                    • AntSpurs May 4, 2017 at 3:36 am

                      My guess would be all 3 . Im turning in. Night Ron 馃槉

  • ronwol196061馃嚚馃嚘 May 4, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Just watched a film on TV documentary called Facing Ali. It was the fighters that fought Ali and their view if him.
    Brilliant

  • mikespurs May 3, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    On a different subject then this really sad news. A friend just texted me that kyle has taken off all his spurs photos off tweeter & replaced them with england photos. Not a tweet person so dont even know how to confirm.

    • Hartley鈩 May 3, 2017 at 11:42 pm

      So Azza loses his marbles to a point where big brother incarcerates him for ‘his own good’ but the really sad news is that Kyle Walker’s twitter pics have changed?

      • ronwol196061 May 3, 2017 at 11:53 pm

        Where does all this chaos leave Lamela?

        • Hartley鈩 May 3, 2017 at 11:58 pm

          By day he’s behind the make up counter at Debenhams, Trafford Centre, Manchester and by night (s)he’s the star performer at Funny Girls, Transilvania, Blackpool, Lancs.

          • ronwol196061 May 3, 2017 at 11:59 pm

            Her name Lame-Ella

        • a waddle and a fork May 4, 2017 at 2:20 am

          in the abbatoir ron

      • mikespurs May 3, 2017 at 11:56 pm

        Not at all, its really horibble news to hear about azza. Was trying to bring up a different subject without making light of what this blog was talking about. Obviously i failed at that.

        • ronwol196061 May 4, 2017 at 12:03 am

          Dont take this personally but Azza is Hartleys cousin

        • Hartley鈩 May 4, 2017 at 12:04 am

          I’m fucking with you.
          The pair of em need their heads banging together, followed by 40 hours manual labour every week for ten years at average salary with no access to their millions.
          Reality bites like a bastard pit bull.

          • ronwol196061 May 4, 2017 at 12:05 am

            Like I said Azza is Hartleys cousin

            • Hartley鈩 May 4, 2017 at 12:16 am

              It’s true, we have matching tram lines in our eyebrows and innit

          • mikespurs May 4, 2017 at 12:23 am

            Lol. Fair enough!

      • mikespurs May 4, 2017 at 12:02 am

        But if during these times of speculation he has to resort to doing petty things like change a bunch of photos for everyone to see, he might be more brain dead then i thought.

        • AntSpurs May 4, 2017 at 1:10 am

          If this is true he’s gone

    • a waddle and a fork May 4, 2017 at 2:23 am

      this is true. every other player going is in his team kit. even defoe. walker is throwing his toys out the pram. its brand wars.

      • AntSpurs May 4, 2017 at 2:32 am

        No. It’s Walker bailing out.

        • A waddle and a fork May 4, 2017 at 2:39 am

          Ye, he’s refusing to prop up their brand. It’s curtains

  • caveman May 3, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Testing

  • caveman May 3, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Testing, I got a new tablet

    • baz May 3, 2017 at 11:44 pm

      I hope you get better soon.

    • ronwol196061 May 3, 2017 at 11:55 pm

      Its not working well.It isnt allowing you to be as creative as you were when you had your cassette tape recorder.Back then we got reports

  • richspurs May 3, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Intense pressure on footballers these days. From a fans point of view we bear some responsibility?? We dont help because we constantly criticise. They dont help by underperforming. What do we do. Always liked Lennon except for his final product, lot like our other, you know who. Get well soon boy.

    • ronwol196061馃嚚馃嚘 May 3, 2017 at 10:36 pm

      He is better as a classic winger

      • McG 鈿解毥 May 3, 2017 at 10:37 pm

        Was one of my favs for years

        • ronwol196061馃嚚馃嚘 May 3, 2017 at 10:42 pm

          When they got him cutting in to goal early he didnt feel comfortable with that.
          Just before I think AVB did that Lennin had a good run of games
          He wasnt right for Poch though

          • ronwol196061馃嚚馃嚘 May 3, 2017 at 10:43 pm

            I guess he didnt fit well with the capitalists

            • McG 鈿解毥 May 3, 2017 at 10:49 pm

              Harry made good use of him, as did Jol

              • baz May 3, 2017 at 10:56 pm

                He was a nice aquisition from the Leeds fire-sale.

                • McG 鈿解毥 May 3, 2017 at 11:11 pm

                  Proper bargain!

              • ronwol196061馃嚚馃嚘 May 3, 2017 at 10:58 pm

                Yes as they were more free flow managers….but that is also limited as we see now.
                Pochs system is total.Everyone must do a job…more than one as well…the the intention is to squeeze the air out of the room and take over the ball…

                • baz May 3, 2017 at 11:06 pm

                  There has been very little air for away teams at the Lane for a long time.

                  • ronwol196061馃嚚馃嚘 May 3, 2017 at 11:20 pm

                    I think we are all backing it Baz.
                    Well done on your Wronglish league lead Baz!!!!!

                    • baz May 3, 2017 at 11:41 pm

                      Cheers Ron, I hope I can keep it up for one more week.
                      Thank you for organising the competition.

                    • Hartley鈩 May 3, 2017 at 11:43 pm

                      Ron couldn’t organise a barbecue in a piss up

                    • baz May 3, 2017 at 11:48 pm

                      I just happy after deliberation I didn’t spell organise with a Z.

                    • ronwol196061 May 3, 2017 at 11:58 pm

                      None of you two bastards paid your entrance fees,infact nobody did.Now Im stuck with the bill for the pizza and chicken wings from the opening ceremony.Ive contacted Interpol.

  • 89Spurs 馃憗 May 3, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Looks bad for Monaco, long way back.2 away goals against

    • McG 鈿解毥 May 3, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      Looks bad for Aldershot too..

      • baz May 3, 2017 at 9:58 pm

        Leyton Orient, that’s bad.

      • 89Spurs 馃憗 May 4, 2017 at 8:41 am

        Who’s Aldershot? Was he in Dallas?

  • The Great White Hope May 3, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    He did it again,
    Gonzalo Higuain !

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