AT Home with Christian Jessen - March 2011 - (Page 196)

Even tough guys get the blues T hey’re coming out of the woodwork in their droves. But, with this particular species, it’s a welcome sight. And the species to which we refer? Men. In particular, sports men. And the subject that they’re finally opening up about? Depression. The current surge of ‘hard’ men (think footballer Vinnie Jones); ‘happy-go-lucky’ men (think cricketer Freddie Flintoff); and ‘successful’ men (think boxer Ricky Hatton); all starting to publicly discuss their own experiences of depression has happened because of one man: Gary Speed. On Sunday 27 November 2011, the news broke that the Wales football manager was dead. Initially no details were given. A fatal car crash perhaps? An illness kept hidden? But information soon filtered through that he had been found hanged at his home. He was just 42 years old. The inquest, held in January this year, has since revealed that his death may not have been suicide – the coroner said ‘the evidence does not sufficiently determine whether this was intentional or accidental’. During the inquest, Gary’s wife, Louise, did reveal that her husband had sent her a text four days before his death, talking ‘in terms of taking his life’, but that he’d later dismissed it because of their children. What shocked everyone the most was that, just the day before he died, Gary had appeared, live, on the BBC’s Football Focus, where his colleagues described him as being ‘on great form and cracking jokes. There was absolutely no inindication at all’. However,according to Dr Gerry McCabe, Hertfordshire-based GP, the fact that there was no indication of any problems is all too common. ‘A man, like Gary Speed, may on the surface, appear successful and happy, but may be suffering from depression or mental health problems,’ says Dr McCabe. Most men are adept at keeping their feelings hidden which, sadly, can lead to some taking their own life. Depression is rife among the male sex, but not enough of them even realise they have it or feel able to talk about it 196 | MARCH 2012 WORDS: Jo Willacy | PHOTOGRAPHS: Getty Images

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Christian Jessen - March 2011

EDITOR'S LETTER
A WARM WELCOME FROM DR CHRISTIAN
NEWS
SAVE THE DATE
DEFENSIVE EATING
SLEEPING BEAUTY
SPOIL YOURSELF
FAMOUS FIGURES
WIN TOP PRIZES
DR JESSEN, I PRESUME
FEEL-GOOD FACTOR
A BEAUTIFUL MIND
PROTECT YOURSELF
GETTING OVER IT
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON
WHAT LIES BENEATH
SUGAR HIGHS AND LOWS
WHAT'S UP, DOC?
ON THE RUN
SMOKING GUN
FRESHLY GROUND
I CAN'T EAT THAT
OFF THE SCALES
WALKING TALL
IN GOOD HANDS?
GIRLS ONLY
IN THE BLOOD
PERIOD PROPERTIES
FERTILITY HELP
A WEE ISSUE
UNDER YOUR HAT
CONFESSIONS OF AN ALCOHOLIC
DANGER ZONE
BODY BASICS
HEART-STOPPING MOMENTS
BACK TO BASICS
WALKING ON SUNSHINE
THE SKIN YOU LIVE IN
LISTEN UP
EYESORE
IN PLAIN SIGHT
DOWN UNDER
BUMP 'N GRIND
LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX
MAN TALK
DO YOU KNOW YOUR BMI?
I'LL HAVE A 'P' PLEASE
BOYS DON'T CRY
TO THE EXTREME
THREE-DAY SLIM DOWN
TOTALLY ADDICTED TO CAKE
JUST A PINCH
GYM JAMS
THEY'RE DOING WHAT?
GOTTA HAVE IT
EYES WIDE SHUT
PETER PAN PLAN
HOW OLD?
HOW OLD?
FUZZ FREE
FUZZ FREE
CUT HERE
CUT HERE
ON THE MEND
ON THE MEND
KNOW YOUR NIP/TUCKS
KNOW YOUR NIP/TUCKS
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
STAY SAFE ABROAD
STAY SAFE ABROAD
SAY CHEESE!
SAY CHEESE!
IVORY TOWER
IVORY TOWER
MOUTH MAYHEM
MOUTH MAYHEM
COMING SOON
COMING SOON
LIGHTEN UP
LIGHTEN UP
COULD YOU BE A GUINEA PIG?
COULD YOU BE A GUINEA PIG?
HEADS UP
HEADS UP
LAST WORD
LAST WORD
STOCKISTS
STOCKISTS

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