‘Brave human being’, ‘So much respect’ – Fans react to Accrington striker’s battle

Accrington Stanley striker Billy Kee is still undergoing treatment for mental health problems, as revealed by a statement from the club today.

Kee has previously spoken out about his battles against depression, calling his troubles a ‘rat’ in his head that wouldn’t stop. After seemingly confronting the issues last season, he’s once again been plagued by his troubles.

The Accrington statement read; “Billy Kee would like to thank everyone for their ongoing messages of support as he battles depression, anxiety and bulimia.

“The striker has spoken out over the years about his ongoing issues but over the summer he has deteriorated and has been unable to return to play football for the Reds this season.

“He is currently under specialist treatment and the club is doing what it can to support Billy, who has been an integral part of the side both on and off the pitch for a number of years.”

Kee, who played a key role in Stanley’s 2018 title win in League Two, has also previously starred for Burton Albion. His openness about his suffering certainly helped others outside of the game who suffer in silence and his bravery in speaking out was widely appreciated and respected in the football world.

It’s heartbreaking to hear he is still battling his demons and we at the Real EFL wish him and his family all the best for the fight ahead. That’s a sentiment echoed by these supporters on Twitter.

If you’re suffering from mental health issues, help is available. If you need to talk to someone, you can call the Samaritans, or the NHS website has lots of helpful information. Don’t hide away and suffer; the time to get help is now. 



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