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How John Marquis helped save Portsmouth fan’s life

23 May 2020

The Portsmouth striker has been praised after reaching out to lifelong Portsmouth fan George Carnell, who last week attempted to take his own life.

Speaking to the EFL, Marquis explained how George was brought to his attention, how he helped him through his darkest hour and how important it is to talk.   
Last week Portsmouth fan George Carnell attempted to take his own life, posting a suicide note on social media. The 20 year old, who recently completed a mental health programme, ended up in Queen Alexandra Hospital after taking an overdose. 
When he regained consciousness, he discovered that Portsmouth striker John Marquis wanted to talk to him and, once fit and well, the two spoke at length on the phone. 
Offering him advice when he was at his lowest point, Marquis was able to convince George that not matter how difficult things get, there will always be someone to talk to. He also told George that he would be available to talk anytime he was feeling low. 
As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, the EFL spoke to John Marquis about life in lockdown, managing your mental health and how important it is to talk. 
Watch the full interview with Marquis below:

For more information about Mind and mental health work, click here.

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