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Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s Honest Take on Mental Health: “Talking Saved My Life”

Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Everton and England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has posted an emotional message on his Instagram where he opens up about his mental health issues.

Having spent the majority of the season with injury, Calvert-Lewin scored the all important goal against Crystal Palace to ensure that Everton still hold their place in the Premier League.

“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. The main goal became to stay in the Premier League and I do not believe that would have happened without your unbelievable support.”

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Refelcting on his personal issues, Everton’s number 9 said, “On a personal note I have had to dig deep within myself at times this season and have endured some of the most difficult times of my career and my life to date. The love and support helped carry me through. One thing I learned this season “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.”

He added: “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.

“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.”

Calvert-Lewin’s Injury Troubles

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has had to endure a rather difficult campaign. He was restricted to just 17 games this season due to recurring injuries. In those games, he scored 5 goals, including the winner that secured Everton’s status in the Premier League. Everton might have had a higher finish if their star striker had stayed fit. His partnership with Richarlison could have done wonders for Toffees.

But DCL should be looking forward to next season. He has to perform regularly if wants to be in the England squad heading to Qatar for the World Cup. A good start to the season might just be what he needs to propel himself to higher levels.

He has been Everton’s main man in recent seasons, and the Toffees will be hoping that their star man remains fit throughout the campaign. Otherwise Frank Lampard’s side could have to go through another difficult season.

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