Mark Enright has spoken openly about his battles with depression
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By David Jennings 9:16AM 5 JUL 2016
THE moment just after you vomit following intense nausea – that is how Kieren Fallon will now be feeling according to Mark Enright.
The jockey has spoken openly about his own battle with depression and believes Fallon will have a weight off his shoulders now he has admitted to the illness.
Enright said: “People always ask how did I feel when I told people I was suffering from depression. The only way I can describe it is that feeling when you really want to be sick and then you are. It’s a huge relief and I’m sure that’s the way Kieren will be feeling now.
“He’s made just the first step but it’s the biggest step. He’ll hopefully realise he’s not alone and that depression is more common than the flu. That’s the reality of it.
“We’re in a sport where depression is rampant and hopefully Kieren’s case will increase awareness about the issue. Kieren was one of my heroes when he was riding and he’s still one of my heroes now.”
Enright, who is in action at Roscommon on Tuesday, believes Fallon is in good hands and says Turf Club medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick will get him through the tough times, just like he did with him at the beginning of 2015.
“That man should be made a saint,” he said of McGoldrick. “Words can’t describe how amazing he was, and still is, for me.
“He’s a gentleman and the most unassuming man you could meet. When I had my breakdown I was in the house with Mark Walsh, Bryan Cooper and Robbie McNamara and I thought my world was ending. Getting off the couch to make a cup of tea felt like climbing Everest. Everything had gone pear-shaped.
“They rang Adrian, he came to see me, he told me I had depression and that I’d be fine after a month. He was amazing.
“Even now, if I have a bad day, I can ring him up for a chat. That is massive. We’re very lucky to have him in Irish racing.”