Sean Long: Depression drove me to the brink

Sean Long pictured in his Saints days

Sean Long pictured in his Saints days

First published in News
Last updated

SEAN Long has told a Sunday newspaper he tried to take his own life in January after a two-and-a-half year battle with depression.

In an interview with the Sunday People's rugby league writer Gareth Walker, the former Saints star spoke about a suicide attempt at his home in Wigan on January 2.

The father-of-three, who is now on the mend, is being looked after by his mum Pamela and brother Karl.

The three-time Lance Todd trophy winner has struggled to come to terms with his career being ended by injury, suffered the break up of his marriage, and parted ways with a number of clubs he has held coaching roles with.

Long, 37, told the Sunday People: “I’d just had enough. I’d lost a lot of weight, wasn’t sleeping right, and with everything going on I was trying to juggle too many plates.

"It all came crashing down.

“I just felt like I’d had enough. I didn’t know I was ill. I needed help."

Long, who recently left a coaching role at London Broncos, has praised former Saints team-mates Martin Gleeson and Keiron Cunningham for helping him and is feeling more positive.

He said: “I feel the best I’ve felt in a long time. I’m wide awake and alert again. I think it’s just been nipped in the bud."

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree