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Having bipolar disorder the callous Sunderland fans Gary Speed video hit me especially hard

2 years ago
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This is in response to the video in which a Sunderland fans are seen making cruel, indefensible remarks about Gary Speed and making it into a chant.

I am appalled, incensed, enraged and downright repulsed by how you think about mental health.

Gary’s death led to an outpouring of grief and a lot of support for his family and friends and you have spoilt it with this moronic, despicable behaviour, not becoming of any group of supporters.

It is not just because it is Sunderland; I would feel like this if it was any team.

I feel this way because I have bipolar disorder and it is the most unpredictable and sometimes unlivable conditions to have.

Some days you just have the strength to go outside, others you cry uncontrollably for no given reason and other days you can be fine.

If any mental health is left unmonitored or unchecked, it can sadly lead to suicide or hospitalisation and I attend support groups and have a link worker and have recently seen a psychiatrist where I live.

If it was not for these support networks, goodness knows where I would be.

The fan or fans in question in my opinion need to apologise in a video to Gary’s family, to those football fans with mental health illnesses and be made to attend a course in mental health awareness and realise the struggles that people with such illnesses and fights face every day.

I am a fairly easygoing person but when I saw this I was outraged.

Mental health is serious and people need to know that intolerance and the lack of acknowledgement of its severity and impact will not be allowed.

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