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17 Apr 2012

Rugby Star Speaks Out Over Depression Stigma

The former England rugby player Duncan Bell has chosen his retirement this week to speak out about the “massive stigma” of suffering depression.

Bell – a physically imposing, 19 stone tighthead prop – has revealed he has undergone counselling, courses of anti-depressants and confesses he has cried in front of a fellow player.

And the 37-year-old – a veteran of 168 games in the colours of Bath and five for his country – admits he worries that speaking about the illness may be viewed as a “sign of weakness” or an “admission of failure”.

Duncan Bell

Bell decided to speak out to mark his retirement

“I have had ‘help’ for about three or four years,” he said, “but looking back over my career and the places I’ve been, and situations I’ve been through, it’s likely that I may have needed help for maybe 10 years, maybe longer.

“There is such a massive stigma about this thing, not just in rugby but in society in general. There is a stigma, we all know it. And the more people that come forward with various experiences, if they want to do that kind of thing, then I think that will help.”

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