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Peterhead FC tackling suicide and depression risks

Friday 8th December 2017

By Fiona Stalker

A Scottish football club is putting its players and officials through suicide prevention training in a project which it is hoped could be adopted by other teams around the country, BBC Scotland can reveal.

Peterhead FC hopes the sessions could help break down the stigma surrounding mental health within the game.

The club said pressures on young players in particular can be extreme.

The union for players has welcomed the initiative.

Peterhead’s Aaron Norris, 19, said he struggled after being signed for Aberdeen FC as a youngster, only to be let go as a teenager.

He told the BBC’s Timeline programme: “It was pretty devastating.

“I felt like my dreams had been crushed, especially being I would still say quite young.

“I didn’t know what I was going to do, if I had to go and find a job or if I would pursue full-time football with a different team.

 

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