BBC Sport - Clarke Carlisle: 'We have a duty of care to footballers'

'We have a duty of care to players'

Footballers' poor mental health needs to be addressed, according to retired footballer Clarke Carlisle.

The former Burnley and QPR centre-back, 35, tried to take his own life in December 2014 while severely depressed.

He told the Victoria Derbyshire programme that the stigma of mental illness was a wider "societal issue".

He referred to statistics from players' union Fifpro which had found a greater prevalence among current and former footballers. He said: "This has to change... We have a duty of care to the purveyors of our national game."

Carlisle added that players and their partners had contacted him about their issues as they did not know where to turn and were worried that telling their club could affect their playing opportunities.

Watch the full interview here

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