Dean bravely revealed to the media that he attempted to take his own life week via an overdose and only the unexpected arrival of a friend prevented the Tigers hero from finishing his life by hanging.
Allied to the tragic loss of Gary Speed, Terry Newton and Peter Roebuck in the last few months, this has brought to the fore the pressures that professional sports people come under both during and after their careers are over.
Suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 45 other than road traffic incidents. This is a major concern for Samaritans as it is widely recognised that young men find it very difficult to reach out to those around them when they are experiencing feelings of despair.
Samaritans offer a wide range of services in our local community, and over 8,000 people contact the Hull Branch of Samaritans each year. Each contact is treated with total confidentiality, and we place being non judgemental as a fundamental part of our ethos. We can be contacted on 01482 323456, 08457 909090, the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and the text number is 07725 90 90 90.
Many people who contact us are not suicidal, but are experiencing feeling of distress and despair, and talking to someone in total confidence can really help.
Dean’s honesty and openness about his feelings provide an opportunity for everyone concerned or worried about feelings of despair to come forward with the feeling that if it can happen to Dean, it can happen to anyone.