Caledonian Braves owner Chris Ewing says people like former Celtic boss Neil Lennon speaking out about mental health issues can only help others do the same.

Ewing suffered from bouts of depression and turned to alcohol after a failed football career.

He has now joined FC United to help their cause to use mental health as a vehicle to promote positive awareness around the subject.

United to Prevent Suicide is a unifying identity for Scotland’s social movement for change with a range or aims including improving suicide prevention knowledge and skills with the development of new learning resources.

The Braves chairman – who faced a loss through suicide – said in his announcement to join FC United: “Anyone who has had a suicide experience in their life will have had this ‘am I missing something? moment.

“You never really know what’s going through someone else’s head. All you can do is be there for them and encourage them to talk. It’s so important to de-stigmatize the subject That’s why I wanted to be part of FC United.

“I know from personal experience that sharing is the most important step you can take to begin to get out of this black hole. If you are reading this and you are in this place, please let people know that you need a little help.”

People like former Celtic and Hibs boss Lennon have spoken out in their battles with depression, and now Ewing has revealed his.

The Braves currently play in the Lowland League and Ewing had to deal with personal issues to take the Lanarkshire side to fifth in Scotland.

After his own playing career failed, things went from bad to worse for the Braves owner. It was a tough time and the awareness of people like Lennon and Hull City hero Dean Windass might help people talk about it.

Ewing explained: “When I was released, I turned to alcohol and other escapes. It will be different for everyone, but I was sober for two years when my mental health deteriorated. and fell into a deep depression.

“I can’t pinpoint exactly what caused it. At the time, I had everything on paper – the academy, a wife and girls that I adore.

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“Although I’ve never tried to kill myself, I can understand why people get into that mindset. People think it’s a solution, but it’s not. You don’t don’t stop the pain, you just pass it on.

“I’ve been nine years sober now and – this is going to sound corny – but I’m a big believer in people and a sense of community.

“In our corner of the world, people like Neil Lennon and Dean Windass speaking out have done some good.

“What used to be a taboo subject now feels like something else and we must continue to fight to normalize the conversation around suicide. I’m proud to be part of FC United and endorse their simple message. Speak up.”

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