Requests for help over mental health on rise, says footballers’ union

• PFA reveals 160 current and former players asked for help last year
• Frank Bruno joins messages of support for Everton’s Aaron Lennon

The number of footballers seeking help for mental health problems is rising, the Professional Footballers’ Association has said.

Aaron Lennon continues to receive treatment for a stress-related illness after the Everton winger was detained under the Mental Health Act on Sunday after Greater Manchester police became concerned for his welfare on a busy road in Salford. Lennon, who has won 21 England caps, was taken to hospital and is continuing to receive care with the support of his club.

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