Burnley FC supports Lyle Foster ‘mental health’ hiatus
The South African-born striker striker has openly addressed his mental health challenges, with the club confirming that he is currently under the care of specialists.
“Recently, Lyle let us know that he continues to live with issues around his mental well-being and has reached out for help. He is currently in the care of specialists – giving him the support and care he needs to help him back to full health.
“With the love and support of his family and everyone at Burnley Football Club we will do all we can to provide everything he needs to get better,” the club wrote in a statement.
As Lyle Foster’s top performance statistics are lauded, with three goals and two assists this season, the revelation highlights the pressures faced by top-tier athletes.
The club’s announcement coincides with Foster’s new five-year contract, reinforcing their investment in both his professional and personal well-being.
PFA study shows 75% pro footballers suffer from mental health issues
Statistics from the UK reveal a stark reality, with one in four people experiencing mental health problems annually.
The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) adds depth to the conversation, reporting that over 75% of professional footballers have faced mental health issues.
Further emphasising the prevalence of these struggles, nearly 10% of surveyed Premier League and EFL players admitted to facing bullying, and about 5% had suicidal thoughts last season.
The PFA’s World Mental Health Day data release paints a sobering picture of the mental and social challenges facing current and former professional football players.
However, it also sheds light on the proactive efforts being made to support these athletes, with 79 out of 843 male players from the EFL and Premier League acknowledging their mental health issues during their careers.
In South Africa, there are many resourceful organisations that are ready to assist you and your loved one in dealing with mental health triggers. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) is the country’s largest mental health advocacy group, and their 24-hour hotline is free to use if you or a loved one needs help. You can reach them on 0800 456 789 (24 hours a day), SMS 31393, or visit their website for more info and help.