Marco van Basten, one of the greatest footballers to play the game, has recently quit his role as a high profile manager due to stress, and has been incredibly open about his experience.

If we want to really get through to young men and get them talking about mental health, broaching the subject in the world of football would be a good place to start.

Footballers are role models and people that young men look up to and are influenced by. To get such a hyper-masculine industry talking openly about stress, depression and mental health this will certainly filter down to the fans, and will genuinely save lives.

van Basten should be lauded for his honesty, and we should be encouraging more footballers to do the same.

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