Ex Burnley football player reveals his suicide secret

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Clarke Carlisle Clarke Carlisle

CLARETS old-boy Clarke Carlisle has admitted that he tried to take his own life in 2001.

The defender, who played for Queen’s Park Rangers at the time, said he was depressed at the time because an injury prevented him from playing football.

He told the BBC3 documentary Football’s Suicide Secret that he attempted to overdose on 50 pills in a London park only to be discovered by his girlfriend.

Carlisle, 33, who announced his decision to retire from the game in May, also presented the show and spoke to other ex-footballers about depression and the stigma attached to discussing it.

Carlisle said he was ‘ashamed’ that he had tried to kill himself and was rushed to hospital to have his stomach pumped. He returned to the scene of his attempted overdose for the programme and revealed he had never told any of his team-mates about the incident.

Now the chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association, he said more needed to be done to combat mental health problems among players.

For the show, which will be screened next Tuesday, Carlisle also spoke to former England international Lee Hendrie, who tried to take his own life twice, the family of the late Wales manager Gary Speed, and friends of the tragic Germany goalkeeper Robert Enke.

Carlisle, a play-off winner with Burnley in 2009, made almost 150 appearances in a five-year spell at Turf Moor.

He also played for Blackpool, Leeds United, Watford, Luton Town, Preston North End, York City and Northampton Town and was capped three times at under-21 level by England.

Comments (5)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:00pm Thu 4 Jul 13

floydbrfc says...

blimey when I read the headline I thought his previous wife was a football hooligan ,bit disappointed now to be honest
blimey when I read the headline I thought his previous wife was a football hooligan ,bit disappointed now to be honest floydbrfc

9:50pm Thu 4 Jul 13

Lancs - pensioner says...

Just shows money does not always make you happy.
Just shows money does not always make you happy. Lancs - pensioner

11:13am Fri 5 Jul 13

digitusjonfred says...

Just look at his clubs in his career ? I would be depressed too !!!!!!
Just look at his clubs in his career ? I would be depressed too !!!!!! digitusjonfred

7:26am Sat 6 Jul 13

coates warder says...

you sure thats clarke in the big picture ??? dont look like him
you sure thats clarke in the big picture ??? dont look like him coates warder

8:32am Sat 6 Jul 13

greenscreener says...

coates warder wrote:
you sure thats clarke in the big picture ??? dont look like him
I agree, Clarke is taller.
[quote][p][bold]coates warder[/bold] wrote: you sure thats clarke in the big picture ??? dont look like him[/p][/quote]I agree, Clarke is taller. greenscreener

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree