Video report by Chris Conway
Two of the North East's most well-known footballers are encouraging more men to open up about their mental health.
Former Newcastle United defender Steve Howey and current Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Clayton have both revealed to ITV Tyne Tees their own personal, previous experiences of mental health issues.
Adam Clayton outlined how he came to develop OCD and anxiety, while Steve Howey opened up about suffering from depression 11-years-ago, that saw him contemplate taking his own life.
Both men say that whilst the willingness to open up and talk about mental health has improved, they still believe there is room for more understanding about mental health issues from society.
It comes as research from the men's health charity Movember found that of the men they surveyed:
Both Steve and Adam say seeking help and opening up about a mental health issue is one of the bravest things someone can do.
Adam is a firm believer in exercise as a way to ensure positive mental health and he often exercises first thing the morning, while also using meditation and smartphone apps.
Adam's focus is now on the return of playing football for Middlesbrough, now that professional sport has moved another small step closer to a restart after the government published new guidelines on close-contact training.
Meanwhile, Steve Howey will join five other former footballers - including ex-Boro striker Dean Windass - to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money and awareness for mental health charities and the NHS.
Both men say they have a simple message which will always remain their motto. They want to share it with men in the North East. They say it's good to talk.
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