“Talking saved my life” – Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin opens up about his mental health struggles
Everton’s star, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, recently revealed he struggled with his mental health this season and that “talking saved my life”.
The Everton striker says he has endured some of the most difficult times of his career and his life to date and has urged anyone suffering from their own mental health to talk, to a friend, family member, or someone that will listen.
In a post on Instagram, Calvert-Lewin stated, “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.“
“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,” he added.
Calvert-Lewin, 25, has struggled with injuries this season and made only 17 Premier League appearances for Everton compared to more than 30 games in the previous four seasons.
The striker returned for Everton’s relegation run-in and scored a vital winner in the 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace last week, which secured Frank Lampard’s side’s Premier League status.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s Everton secured their Premier League status with a dramatic win over Crystal Palace
Frank Lampard’s side needed to beat Palace at Goodison Park on Thursday night to avoid heading into the final day of the season with their top-flight status still in doubt. Things began badly for the home side when Jean-Philippe Mateta put Palace ahead before Jordan Ayew handed the visitors a two-goal lead.
However, a spirited second-half comeback saw Everton drag themselves level through goals from Michael Keane and Richarlison. And with five minutes remaining in normal time, Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed in a dramatic winner for Everton, sparking wild celebrations and a pitch invasion at Goodison Park.