FORMER England and Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has bravely revealed he has checked into rehab.
The 38-year-old, who previously laid bare his struggles with anxiety and depression, is undergoing therapy in North Wales.
Kirkland, who made 45 appearances for the Premier League giants, made the announcement on his Twitter page.
He wrote: “I don’t want sympathy with this tweet, the reason I’m sharing this is for people to know, it’s OK to ask for HELP.
“I’m 1 week into my rehabilitation @Parkland_Place what a wonderful place, the staff do a fantastic job in every way possible, I’m feeling great but long way to go.”
Kirkland opened up about his battle with depression in October 2017 and admitted he once contemplated suicide.
He was preparing for a new season with Bury in 2016 when “things started to slip” for him.
Speaking on talkSPORT‘s On The Sporting Couch, the goalkeeper claimed: “We went to Portugal in pre-season and I didn’t want to go out there.
“We stayed in these villas, where I was on the top floor, and I just broke down.
“I rang the owner and said: ‘Look, I can’t do this anymore. I need to get help and I need to get home’.
“I was on a rooftop, thinking… You think about it but you don’t think. It sounds weird.”
When asked if he was referring to jumping, Kirkland replied: “Yeah.
“So I flew back the next day, and when [then-boss] Dave Flitcroft and Bury got back I went to see him and said: ‘I’m in a bad way here… I’m struggling. I need some time’.
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“And he gave me two weeks, he was brilliant.”
In a bid to help others with similar struggles, Kirkland launched an app in December called YAPA – which stands for “You Are Perfect Always”.
Users on the application can send out Yaps to share their emotions and feelings with each other.
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