​Clarke Carlisle: Leaders must talk about mental health – starting today

Clarke Carlisle

Following a public fight with depression, which has included two suicide attempts, ex-professional footballer Clarke Carlisle has pursued a path to recovery and is now determined to help others. As the Virtual Leaders’ Summit gets under way, he shares critical learnings on mental health that retail bosses cannot afford to ignore.

Clarke Carlisle has had a high-profile career as a professional football player for Burnley, chair of the Professional Footballers’ Association and, more recently, a pundit and commentator for ITV.

However, he has also endured an equally public fight with depression. 

In 2010 he was diagnosed with the mental illness. In 2014 he tried to take his own life by jumping in front of a lorry and then, in 2017, went missing and left a suicide note for his wife Carrie, intent on taking his own life in a nearby park. 


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