I saw BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington's superb interview with Accrington Stanley player Billy Kee and his struggle with depression.

It's not just good that footballers are opening up but men in general. I've read that suicide is the biggest killer of men aged under 45. Males will hide their feelings but the more this comes out and people speak about it, then more will be able to come forward.

When someone asks if you're ok, it's always 'I'm ok'. It's never 'no, I'm down''; it's always the same answer and you never give out your feelings. I know of examples where sportsmen have committed suicide because they couldn't handle no longer being in a professional dressing room.

I totally understand that. I've been a professional at the same club for so many years and you see past teammates leave it but then a few years later they tell me how hard it was to leave a full-time environment and to get a job, as well as training at night.

That environment can mask their genuine mental health problems. In the football world, you can be the life and soul for two hours, then you're back to your depression or not being able to fight. Your professional environment allows you to not have to deal with it before you go back to having to cope.

You can look at the example of Clarke Carlisle who has managed to stay within football but has been fighting his demons for a long time.

It's a sensitive subject but I do applaud Kee and other players who have come out to discuss their issues publicly to help others.