Tuesday, 17 April 2012
My first reaction was "he's a prop - they're never happy" and I admit it’s difficult for me and, I imagine, most people to comprehend how such a larger-than-life character as Bell, all 19½ stone of him, could suffer with such an affliction. As we’ve previously seen with cricketers such as Marcus Trescothick and Steve Harmison, however, depression is no respecter of reputation.
It is to Bell’s great credit that he is now courageously confronting his illness head on, having previously thought that admitting to depression would be a “a sign of weakness” and an “admission of failure”. Time, then, to ditch the good old British stiff upper lip - coming forward to discuss his personal demons can only help to raise awareness of the issue and, hopefully, help others who may be suffering in silence.
Good luck to Bell in his retirement and his continuing battle.