Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Sends Touching Letter To Fan Who Said He Helped Him Through Mental Health Struggles
In an emotional call with Andy Goldstein on talkSPORT last month, United supporter Ryan explained his struggle with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts.
"I've always carried these things with me throughout life." he explained.
Ryan later spoke in depth about how Manchester United, along with Andy's Man Club - a support group for men - have helped him turn his life around.
"I now wake up and know that United are on. I'm hopping around. Feeling good.
"Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given me so much courage. I've believed in him since day one. I'm so proud and happy at how things are going right now."
"I've struggled for a long time with my mental health & suicidal thoughts."
"Man United have helped me turn my life around. I'm so proud & happy."
"Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's given me so much courage, I believed in him."
A brilliant, brave call from a #MUFC fan :clap: pic.twitter.com/2eqClJBHI7
- talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 21, 2021
"I believe in him, I love him," Ryan said. "He's given a lot of courage. I'll tell you why. When United won the treble and Ole scored that second goal in the final. I was on a green in Manchester. I went running around that green, screaming and shouting!"
Goldstein then asks if Ryan has good people around him to talk to.
"I've got fantastic people around me, especially because of Andy's Man Club - a men's mental health charity, a peer-to-peer support group who meet in different places, and through it they've given me support and a lot of encouragement.
"I'm turning my life around."
The Norwegian manager has since responded to Ryan, who read out the touching letter on talkSPORT this week.
"Dear Ryan, just wanted to drop you a line to say I am so glad you are doing well," Solskjaer wrote.
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"It's heartwarming to hear that Manchester United and Andy's Man Club have kept you going through difficult times.
"We are living in strange times at the moment and we know it's difficult for a lot of people. However, I was delighted to hear you now have a spring in your step.
"Once we get back to normal I'd love to invite you to a match or to watch training. In the meantime, we want you to keep that spring in your step and we will be doing all we can on the field.
"Take care, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer."
When asked for his reaction, Ryan said: "I'm getting a bit emotional now reading it now.
"It's incredible, they didn't have to do this and they have. It shows how incredible this club is."
"Ole should be recognised for this incredible act."
"He said 'Dear Ryan, I'm so glad you're doing well'..."
Weeks ago, Ryan called up saying how #MUFC helped turn his life around
Last night, Ryan revealed what Solskjaer said in reply.
Classy touch from the @ManUtd boss :clap: pic.twitter.com/Y2pu1YuIPi
- talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) February 10, 2021
Here's a list of the leading mental health helplines and services that are just a call away in the UK:
- Samaritans are there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and will talk to you about anything that's bothering you. You can call 116 123 (free from any phone), email [email protected] or visit some branches in person. You can also call the Welsh Language Line on 0300 123 3011 from 7pm to 11pm every day.
- The Mix take calls from under 25s on 0808 808 4994 from Sunday to Friday, 2pm to 11pm. You can request support by email using the form on The Mix website or using their crisis text messenger service.
- Papyrus HOPELINEUK is there for under 35s struggling with suicidal feelings, or those who are concerned about a young person who might be struggling. You can call them on 0800 068 4141 on weekdays from 9am to 10pm, on weekends from 2pm to 10pm, and on bank holidays from 2pm to 10pm. You can also email [email protected] or text 07786 209 697.
- The Nightline website allows students to see if their university or college offers a night-time listening service. Nightline phone operators are all students too.
- Switchboard is there for people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender and can be reached on 0300 330 0630 from 10am to 10pm every day. You can also email here or use their webchat service. Phone operators all identify as LGBT+.
- The Community Advice and Listening Line (C.A.L.L). is available for those who live in Wales and can be contacted on 0800 132 737, which is open 24/7. You can also text 'help' followed by a question to 81066.
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