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Jordon Ibe Suffering From Depression, Says 'I'm in A Dark Place'

 

Derby County winger Jordon Ibe says he has 'found himself in a dark place' during his battling with depression.


The 25-year-old former Liverpool man, who joined Wayne Rooney's side in September on a free transfer from Bournemouth, has not been in the club's matchday squad since Boxing Day.


Ibe has only featured for The Rams once and that was back in December, when he also faced an internal disciplinary investigation by the club.


This week, Ibe has opened up about his mental health via social media, saying he 'finds things hard.'


"I want to apologise to all my fans around the world," he wrote on his official Instagram page.


"I've found myself in a dark place, due to suffering with depression. It's no scheme for the media or to have my name in your mouths, I just find things hard truly."


Ibe went on to confirm he has the full support of his family and friends, as well as the Championship club.


"I appreciate all the love and messages from everyone. Times are hard in general due to this pandemic. I have the full support from my family and Derby County football club.


"I will fix myself and this situation, which I'm 100 per cent committed to. Not only for my family, close friend or my daughter but for me."


Derby manager Wayne Rooney has since revealed that an internal investigation was taking place after he was absent from the match-day squad against Birmingham in late December.


It is believed Ibe will be cleared to resume training in the coming days.


"There is an investigation still going on, so obviously I can't speak too much on that." Rooney said.


"He has been given a programme he can do at home, and when this investigation is complete we will obviously see about him getting back to the training ground and see how we move forward from there."

Here's a list of the leading mental health helplines and services that are just a call away in the UK:

- Samaritans are there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and will talk to you about anything that's bothering you. You can call 116 123 (free from any phone), email jo@samaritans.org or visit some branches in person. You can also call the Welsh Language Line on 0300 123 3011 from 7pm to 11pm every day.

- The Mix take calls from under 25s on 0808 808 4994 from Sunday to Friday, 2pm to 11pm. You can request support by email using the form on The Mix website or using their crisis text messenger service.

- Papyrus HOPELINEUK is there for under 35s struggling with suicidal feelings, or those who are concerned about a young person who might be struggling. You can call them on 0800 068 4141 on weekdays from 9am to 10pm, on weekends from 2pm to 10pm, and on bank holidays from 2pm to 10pm. You can also email pat@papyrus-uk.org or text 07786 209 697.

- The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) caters specifically to males on 0800 58 58 58 from 5pm to midnight every day. Alternatively, you can use their webchat service.

- The Nightline website allows students to see if their university or college offers a night-time listening service. Nightline phone operators are all students too.

- Switchboard is there for people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender and can be reached on 0300 330 0630 from 10am to 10pm every day. You can also email here or use their webchat service. Phone operators all identify as LGBT+.

- The Community Advice and Listening Line (C.A.L.L). is available for those who live in Wales and can be contacted on 0800 132 737, which is open 24/7. You can also text 'help' followed by a question to 81066.

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