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Notts County defender Matt Tootle speaks out for Mental Health Awareness Week

Joe Jones

Notts County full-back Matt Tootle has spoken out to raise awareness of Mental Health Awareness Week.

Last year, the 27-year-old opened up on how his career was almost derailed due to mental health issues and had cognitive therapy to help assist him.

Tootle has been widely praised by his Notts teammates, staff and fans, not to mention the wider football world for speaking out.

The player has once again sought to raise awareness of mental health and wrote on Twitter: "I’d just like to try and help raise awareness again for how important it is to speak up and not be ashamed of a mental health issue, I continue to believe we are making great progress in making mental health something not to be ashamed of!!

"I continue to battle my own struggle day to day but I love my life and everyone in it! Anyone out there who is struggling please speak to someone."

Tootle has enjoyed a superb season in the Black and White, winning the Notts County Fans Player of the Year award this term.

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After reading what tootle put on social media etc I have nothing but respect for him. Mental awareness is something that is important and people should be made more aware. But tootle did more than that he put his true feelings down and his own exspirence and trouble and struggles and encouraging people to speak up. For a professional footballer this must be even harder but he did it to help raise awesomeness and say no matter who you are you can be affected:

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