Slough Town midfielder Simon Dunn has the following message for supporters:
“After a lot of thinking I have come to the difficult decision to step away from football for a while. I am currently suffering from certain mental health issues which are now having an impact on me where I feel I can no longer carry on playing in this current state of mind.
“I would really like to talk a lot more openly about these issues in the near future, however for now I need to concentrate on getting myself right. With the right help and support, I hope to be back playing at a level as soon as possible. I do not want my career to finish in this way and I would love to be back playing with freedom, enjoyment and the ability to express myself as soon as possible.
“I’d like to thank the management team at Slough for being so understanding. They are first and foremost decent human beings, which is a big part of the reason I felt I could come forward with my issues. I would also like to thank my teammates who have been so very encouraging and supportive.”
Joint managers Neil Baker and Jon Underwood added:
“We as a club are fully behind Dunny and will give him any support he needs. It is a very difficult thing to talk about and he has shown great strength in coming out and sharing his issues and concerns with us.
“Dunny is a fantastic person, and has been a pleasure to manage, however hopefully he feels that he is able to return to the game at some point in the not too distant future.”
If you have read the above message from Simon and feel you are in a similar situation, you can get help and support from the following sources:
NHS - Every Mind Matters
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