Festival of Ideas: ‘Mental Health, Complex Depressive Disorder’ with guest Clarke Carlisle

24th Oct 2019, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Edge Hill University

Clarke Carlisle is a broadcaster and former professional footballer. An imposing defender, Clarke played for teams including Leeds, QPR, Watford, Burnley and the England U21 squad. As former Chairman of the PFA, Clarke was the first professional footballer to appear on the BBC’s Question Time.

In 2013, after a 17-year career, where he played for nine clubs, across all four divisions, Clarke retired.

He experienced the very highs of professional sport, however, for the majority of his career, Clarke suffered with CDD – Complex Depressive Disorder. The combination of an undiagnosed illness and being emotionally illiterate, led to Clarke developing coping strategies which were totally destructive and compounded his depression. Whilst being extremely successful in his profession, he lived a duplicitous life of external lauding and internal loathing.

Clarke tells the story of his spiral into complex depression and talks openly about his struggle with mental health despite excelling in his football career.

This is a FREE event, open to the public (registration is essential).


  • 5.30pm – Arrival and refreshments
  • 6.00pm – Event start
  • 7.00pm – Event end

This event is part of Edge Hill University’s annual Festival of Ideas.   Programmed by the University’s three Research Institutes, ISR, ICE and HRI, this year the festival will explore the theme of Exchanges: Creativity, Community, Curiosity.

The exchange of ideas is the fuel of the knowledge and creative economy. Locally, nationally and internationally we are all involved in sharing concepts, swapping insights, and trading opinions. This year’s festival explores communication, reciprocity, and transactions in all areas, from policy making to healthcare, social enterprise to cultural production. Be the exchange you want to see

More information about the festival and the full programme of events is available here