More needs to be done to support sports professionals working in a high profile and high stress environment. The call comes after the death of Gary Speed in November 2011. A charity golf match took place in north Wales today to try to raise awareness of mental health issues.
A charity golf tournament is being held in North Wales in memory of former Wales manager Gary Speed. Football stars including Alan Shearer and Mark Hughes as well as current Wales manager Chris Coleman are among those fundraising. Gary's mother Carol says her son would have enjoyed the day.
A charity golf tournament has started in North Wales today with former star footballers Alan Shearer, Chris Coleman and Mark Hughes.
The fundraising is for the suicide-awareness charity Console.
The parents of Gary Speed, Roger and Carol were there for the opening. Their son, the late Wales football manager, was found dead at his home in 2011.
An inquest heard how Gary Speed's wife Louise had returned home to find he had hung himself. The inquest recorded a narrative verdict.
Speed's career had seen him play for Leeds United, Everton and Newcastle United, while the 42 year-old had also won 85 caps for Wales.
The golf event is taking place at Padeswood and Buckley Club near Mold.
Gary's mother Carol said it was the sort of event Gary would have enjoyed,"He loved his golf, he loved football more but he loved his golf. And if the money raised today stops another family going through what we've been through it'll all be worth it."