Sometimes it’s easy to forget that footballers are actually human beings.
With international stars being seemingly untouchable, earning millions of pounds every year, you’d be forgiven for thinking they had a perfect life.
But we were served a devastating reminder that footballers suffer the same problems as everyone else in the world when we heard news that Aaron Lennon was detained under the Mental Health Act.
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Greater Manchester Police said: "Police were called at around 4.35pm to reports of a concern for the welfare of a man on Eccles Old Road.
"Officers attended and a 30-year-old man was detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act and was taken to hospital for assessment."
According to the BBC, Lennon’s condition is a recent occurrence, rather than a long-standing health issue.
After hearing the news, the footballing world sent their support to the Everton winger on Twitter - including those that have suffered from mental issues themselves.
Stan Collymore tweeted: “Thoughts and love with Aaron Lennon and his family right now. I know that place, and I know he'll be fine with good support from us all.”
While Clarke Carlisle, who was Lennon’s teammate at Leeds said: “Love and blessings to my old teammate @AaronLennon12. Nail this now and there's plenty more left in the tank my friend.”
But the best tweet may have come from former England striker Andy Johnson.
Johnson, who played for the likes of Birmingham, Crystal Palace and Everton during his career tweeted: “It's time to #EndTheStigma and talk about #MentalHealth. For every RT, I'll donate 10p to @MindCharity in @AaronLennon12's name. #topman.”
10p per retweet may not sound like much but, seven hours after posting it, it has been retweeted more than 63,000 times.
For those of you that aren’t very good at maths, that’s more than £6000 donated to charity by Johnson and counting.
A brilliant gesture, especially considering that Johnson and Lennon were never actually club teammates.
Take a moment to retweet Johnson’s message and help donate money to a great cause.
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