Depression can tragically go unnoticed in many professions, particularly sport.
Germany suffered two of the most public stories of mental illness in the beautiful game, after goalkeeper Robert Enke committed suicide at the age of 32 in 2009, and t
“I had been bullied for 18 months beforehand. People wanted to get rid of me for telling the truth. Since my suicide attempt no-one from the German FA has been in touch, but all my fellow refs got in contact.
“And Bastian Schweinsteiger wrote me a letter that moved me greatly. There was no ulterior motive on his part, as he knew that I would no longer be able to referee after this incident.
“He wrote: ‘Mr Rafati, people often make mistakes in life, but we simply have to make comebacks even more often. I wish you all the very best.’
“It was an incredibly big human gesture on his part. Depression is still a huge taboo in football. Since that time I have been working as a mind coach with three Bundesliga players.
“I can rule out wanting to kill myself again. I now know that I was crazy, and life is too beautiful to destroy oneself.”
Schweinsteiger’s words clearly had a great effect on the former Bundesliga referee, who
Source : 90MIN