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Adriano's support for York Mind

By Ian Appleyard | 18th April 2019

Adriano Moke has given his support to the club's link-up with York Mind and spoken about his personal battle with depression.

City players will wear blue before Good Friday's Vanarama National League North game against Spennymoor Town (kick-off 3pm) as part of the 'It's OK to be Blue' campaign which raises awareness and funds for York Mind and aims to get people talking more openly about mental health.

Moke, 29, admits he was initially 'embarrassed' to talk about his illness when diagnosed with depression in his late teens.

"My problems started when I was at Nottingham Forest as a young kid after I found out that I was not staying on," he said. "Your mind is all over the place and you are thinking 'am I not good enough'? 

"I was really embarrassed about it and I didn't want to talk about it - but help from the PFA (Professional Footballers Association) helped me big time.

"I think it is a good thing that the club is helping out with mental health issues," he added. "It's important to make people open up. You haven't got to be embarrassed to speak about it. Just open up. It helps big time."

Moke, who helped City win promotion to the Football League in 2012, backs the view expressed by manager Steve Watson that negativity on social media can impact on mental health. Only last season, the Portuguese-born midfielder was involved in a online exchange that led to him being disciplined by the club.

"Everyone makes mistakes. I hold my hand up," he said. "After that, I just tried to get my head down and work hard for this team. On social media, these days, they can type in whatever. We appreciate all the support we get - but the negativity hits some players. It can really hit them down."

Watch our full interview with Adriano Moke, which also includes his views on City's season, by clicking the link below:

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