Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin on mental health Talking saved my life

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin says this season has been one of the toughest times of his career, adding that telling those close to him about his struggles has helped save his life.

Everton avoided relegation this season after a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace in their penultimate league game last week, helped by a late Calvert-Lewin winner.

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The England international has made just 17 league appearances this season after suffering a setback in his recovery from a quadriceps injury and breaking a toe.

“On a personal note, I had to dig deep inside myself at times this season and endured some of the toughest times of my career and life to date,” Calvert-Lewin said in an Instagram post.

“To all the young kings who suppress emotion, I advise you to speak up, to a friend, family member or someone who will listen, speaking up saved my life.

“It will make you realize that things are never as bad as they seem, and you will discover that the paradox of true strength is being able to face your weaknesses.”

Everton finished the season 16th in the Premier League to continue their 68-year stay in the top flight.

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