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Dominic Calvert-Lewin offers mental health advice

Dominic Calvert-Lewin
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Dominic Calvert-Lewin has said talking about his mental health struggles saved his life.

The Everton striker has "endured some of the most difficult times of [his] career and [his] life to date" and is encouraging people finding it hard to cope  "to talk, to a friend, family member or someone that will listen".

Calvert-Lewin, 22, posted on Instagram: "One thing I learned this season is that everyone in whatever walk of life is fighting battles you know nothing about, and there is no shame in finding someone to talk to and being open and honest with yourself about how you really feel.

"To all the young kings suppressing emotion I advise you to talk, to a friend, family member or someone that will listen, talking saved my life. It will make you realise things are never as bad as they seem, and you'll discover that the paradox of true strength is being able to face your weaknesses."

The player suffered a number of injuries this season which has seen him make just 17 Premier League appearances for his team.

Calvert-Lewin went on to thank his fans for their support saying: "First of all thank you to you fans for sticking by us this season and for continuing to inspire us right until the last day of the season.

"The main goal became to stay in the premier league and I don't believe that would have happened without your unbelievable support.

"Finishing the season on a high meant everything to me, enjoy the break toffee fans you deserve it. May the pressure continue to be a privilege."

If you are struggling with your mental health you can visit the Mind website.