Daniel James: It's always best to speak out
Manchester United winger Daniel James is on a mission to encourage people struggling with their mental health to speak out, after revealing how talking has helped him to deal with the passing of his father.
“It didn’t really hit me until about three months [after],”admitted the 22-year-old.
“I think being at United, and that he knew that I was going to United, was obviously a massive thing for me.
“From then on, I just wanted to make him proud and play for an amazing club, a club I’ve always wished to play for, and for him to look down on me and say, ‘I’m proud of you’. I think that’s helped me so much, just to stay positive.
“Sometimes there are times when you can’t. When something like that happens, it’s always best to speak out. When I have, and I’ve spoken to people in similar situations, it’s helped me so much.”
What an inspirational story. Amazing to see the positive effect football has had here! It’d be lovely to meet Peter and his friends🙌🏼❤ https://t.co/kLNTAcodkA— Daniel James (@Daniel_James_97) December 3, 2019
“I think it’s amazing what Peter’s done here,”said United’s no. 21.
“Obviously you’ve got the football aspect, but in the intervals and stuff like that they speak to each other and share different stories, which is fantastic.
“Getting the message out there to speak out is huge. You can be the brightest person in the room, but people never know what’s really going on inside, and the hardest thing obviously is to speak out. Peter and myself are trying to encourage people to be able to speak out and speak to others, and not to be afraid to do that.”