“I Didn’t Even Want to Celebrate”

Emma Mitchell Arsenal Mental Health

Footballer Emma Mitchell opens up to the BBC with an important message about mental health.

In October we mark Mental Health Awareness Week. This is an opportunity for everyone to start difficult discussions and highlight vital issues.

During the 2019 Mental Health Awareness Week, Arsenal’s Emma Mitchell told the BBC about her struggles with mental health.

Mitchell won the league with Arsenal last season, but it was one of the toughest years of her life. An accident during her training session caused her to break down. It made her realise: “I am really not OK.”

“We won the league at Brighton and everyone was delighted,” she said. “And I didn’t even want to celebrate. I felt terrible. It was probably the worst I’d felt since I’d been feeling low again. Everybody was buzzing, and I felt really away from it because I hadn’t been playing the games. I’d been sitting on the bench, trying to be a part of this unbelievable feeling.

“It’s been tough. But now I’m happy to speak about it.”

Watch Mitchell’s full interview below:

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