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Former Cambridge United player Liam Hughes speaks out about his mental health struggles

  • Video report by ITV Anglia's Stuart Leithes

Former Cambridge United footballer Liam Hughes has been speaking about his mental health problems.

Liam spent eight years as a midfielder at the club, but struggled with depression and became addicted to drugs and alcohol.

He says he twice tried to end his own life.

Former Cambrigde United player talks about his mental health Credit: ITV News Anglia

Liam was back in Cambridge to speak to students at the city's regional college about his struggles.

He now has his life back on track and still plays semi-professional football for Yorkshire club, Bradford Park Avenue.

The 27-year-old says that he is now focusing on how he can help others, by talking about his mental health journey.

Where I was then and where I am now, it's like two different lives. I feel like I've had a new lease of life.

I've been given another opportunity. Going away into rehab and getting myself sorted and coming out, setting up WAND (Wisdom And New Direction) is a way of me giving back to the community and giving back to people.

Feeling how I felt, you wouldn't wish it on anyone.

– Liam Huges, former Cambridge United
Former Cambrigde United player talks about his mental health Credit: ITV News Anglia