Below is a must watch documentary called "Football's Suicide Secret" in which former player and chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association Clarke Carlisle not only opens up about his own attempt at suicide and experience with depression following an injury during his career, but also powerfully demonstrates and exposes how mental health struggles are not uncommon within the sport.
"Since the tragic suicide of Gary Speed in 2011, football has had to face up to a stigma in the game - mental illness. But is there still a taboo in the sport? Footballer and chairman of the PFA Clarke Carlisle investigates depression and even suicide in British football and speaks to young players, managers and Gary Speed's family to find out why footballers are suffering in silence" (bbc.co.uk).
As Carlisle explains in an article to increase awareness of mental illness in soccer, "when a player retires, his chances of getting clinical depression go up 40 percent. Other common triggers are injury, being transferred, the inability to separate home and work life. Yet I must also point out that there is often no logical trigger because depression is an indiscriminate illness."
As the article goes on to say, "to the outsider, the world of the footballer is one of adoration and vast riches, but for every leading star there are several more journeymen being barracked from the terraces.”
You can read the article about Clarke Carlisle and his quest to end the taboo of mental health in football here: