Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin has opened up on his mental health struggles this season and how talking saved his life. Calvert-Lewin experienced one of his worst seasons and has urged anyone suffering to talk to a friend or family member. He managed just 17 appearances this season after making more than 30 appearances over the previous four seasons. The England international scored the all-important winner in their 3-2 win over Crystal Palace.
“One thing I learned this season is that everyone in whatever walk of life is fighting battles you know nothing about, and there is no shame in finding someone to talk to and being open and honest with yourself about how you really feel,” Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin posted on Instagram. “To all the young kings suppressing emotion, I advise you to talk, to a friend, family member, or someone that will listen, talking saved my life. It will make you realize things are never as bad as they seem, and you’ll discover that the paradox of true strength is being able to face your weaknesses.”
“First of all thank you to you fans for sticking by us this season and for continuing to inspire us right until the last day of the season,” he added. “The main goal became to stay in the premier league and I don’t believe that would have happened without your unbelievable support. Finishing the season on a high meant everything to me, enjoy the break toffee fans you deserve it. May the pressure continue to be a privilege.”