It’s Okay Not to Be Okay – Rugby league has seen its fair share of mental health issues but the one that will stay in my mind forever is hearing on the radio this time last year that a young lad of 23 had fallen from a car park at Ibiza Airport.
It was reported but he had broken all the bones in his face along with pelvic and many other serious limb injuries, now I sure I am not the first person to think this was possibly deliberate.
The player in question Jansin Turgett had recently been released from his Club and not knowing the ins and outs of that you can only assume he had quite possibly jumped.
This has since been confirmed you can read his story here.
I remember the instant I heard about it I felt sick, I felt sick that someone had possibly come to that point in their life where that was the only way out, this lad used to play for Hull FC he was also taught at school by my very close friend so that’s probably why it home harder than it possibly would have done.
If you’ve managed to read his story you’ll see that he spent many weeks in hospital in Ibiza before eventually coming home to Hull and what he has achieved since is amazing, somebody must have really been looking out for him that day because most people wouldn’t be here to tell the tale.
Many of us have gone through periods in our lives where we have probably felt like this I know I have more than once, I have never tried to commit suicide and I don’t remember ever really wanting to either. But I have hit very low points where others have probably pulled me back.
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Jansin is now walking and running as you will see from the video which is amazing when you think a year ago of the damage that he did to his body.
So, where does Jansin Turgut see himself in five years’ time?
“I definitely would like to be in and around the sport,” Turgut said.
“I don’t know exactly what that is right now, but I do know I’d like it to be within the sport and I’d like to be helping people that have been or are going through the process of mental health.”
If you or anyone you know is going through mental health issues, anytime but particularly now as we reach week nine of COVID-19 please click one of the below contacts and reach out – IT’S OKAY TO NOT BE OKAY!
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