Aaron Connolly, from Glasgow, Scotland, has spoken out in the past about suffering from #mentalhealth issues
A footballer literally stepped back from the brink of #suicide after hearing his young son’s voice in his head.
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Aaron Connolly said the thought of his boy being without a father stopped him from stepping in front of a train, the Daily Record reports.
Aaron, 27, from Glasgow, Scotland, was on the cusp of killing himself after going missing on a night out earlier this year.
But he heard his son Ruairi’s voice in his head – and that brought him back from the precipice.
The 27-year-old has a history of mental health issues and previously described his ongoing battle with #depression.
The ambassador for #mentalhealth charity Back Onside said: “My intention was to commit #suicide that night.”
In April, the striker – who previously played for East Kilbride Thistle and East Kilbride FC – vanished while partying with workmates in Edinburgh.
His disappearance left wife Siobhan and his family and friends fearing the worst.
He added: “I allowed the feelings of negativity and worthlessness to get to me, and I made the decision I was done.
“But literally at the last second before I stepped out in front of a train, I had this sort of out-of-body experience and I heard my son shouting on me.
“From what I remember, I stepped back and just got on a night bus to Glasgow then another bus to Aberdeen.”
By this point, a nationwide appeal had been launched to find Aaron and thousands of people shared posts about him.
Aaron eventually got a bus back to Glasgow but his journey was far from over.
He was taken to hospital and doctors tried to send him home, only for Siobhan to step in.
He said: “Fortunately for me, my wife is an A&E nurse and she had the strength and courage to stand up to the doctor and say ‘No, I’m not happy taking him home right now, he’s not ready to go home’.”
Aaron was assessed by a crisis team and sent to the Leverndale mental health facility in Crookston, Glasgow, where he spent a life-changing four weeks.
He said: “I have no doubt that if I went home that night, I probably wouldn’t be here today.”
Following his recent struggles, Aaron has taken to Twitter to talk openly about his issues and to help raise awareness of #mentalill health.
He added: “I’ve had a lot of people message me about things they’re going through and people who I check in with daily to make sure they’re OK.
“It think it’s important to speak out, give advice and learn from other people’s experiences.”