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Steve's Story

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Men have a common Mental Health problem

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Working-age adults have symptoms associated with mental ill health

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People will deal with Bipolar their entire lives

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Steve Samson, from Sheffield, is one of those people.

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A talented footballer from a young age, Steve signed schoolboy forms for his boyhood club Sheffield Wednesday FC at just 13 years old

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He remained on the books of Sheffield Wednesday throughout his teenage years

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Every day he dreamed of playing at Hillsborough - Sheffield Wednesday's stadium

In 1981, aged 16, Sheffield Wednesday rejected Steve. He joined Mansfield for 4-5 months before suffering a nervous breakdown as a result of this devastating news. He was diagnosed with Bipolar and spent the next 25-30 years in and out of hospital, struggling with his condition.

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Then Steve met Denise Marsh, who delivers football sessions at Manton Colliery AFC, a Football Foundation funded site.

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Steve was recruited to help deliver football sessions and this gave him a new lease of life.

Across Sheffield & Hallamshire county.....

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"I had a nervous breakdown. It came completely out of the blue."
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