Dominic Calvert-Lewin admits "talking saved my life" after mental health battle

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has admitted that "talking saved my life" as he opened up about his battle with mental health in an emotional social media post.

The Everton striker scored the goal which secured the Toffees' Premier League survival against Crystal Palace to cap a positive end to an injury-hit campaign. Calvert-Lewin suffered a fractured toe back in August which kept him out until the new year and forced him to miss a total of 16 matches for the Toffees.

He has now reflected on a difficult campaign and opened up about his own struggles in a heartfelt Instagram post on Monday night.

“First of all thank you to you fans for sticking by us this season and for continuing to inspire us right until the last day of the season," wrote the 25-year-old forward.

“The main goal became to stay in the premier league and I don’t believe that would have happened without your unbelievable support.

“On a personal note I have had to dig deep within myself at times this season and have endured some of the most difficult times of my career and my life to date.

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“The love and support helped carry me through. One thing I learned this season is that everyone in whatever walk of life is fighting battles you know nothing about, and there is no shame in finding someone to talk to and being open and honest with yourself about how you really feel.

“To all the young kings suppressing emotion I advise you to talk, to a friend, family member or someone that will listen, talking saved my life.

“It will make you realise things are never as bad as they seem, and you’ll discover that the paradox of true strength is being able to face your weaknesses.

“Finishing the season on a high meant everything to me, enjoy the break toffee fans you deserve it. May the pressure continue to be a privilege.”

Calvert-Lewin's winner against Palace last week capped a thrilling comeback from two goals down to confirm Everton's top flight status with a match to spare.

His bullet header was just his fifth of the campaign, with the England striker reduced to just 18 appearances across all competitions due to his injury woes.

Prior to scoring against Brentford earlier this month, Calvert-Lewin had gone almost nine months without a goal after starting the season with three in three as Everton made a promising start back in August.

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