Hutchinson stance on depression supported by Déise’s Brick

Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh has praised Waterford colleague Wayne Hutchinson for going public on his battle with depression.

Hutchinson stance on depression supported by Déise’s Brick

Hutchinson wrote about the issue in a personal blog this month which was picked up by numerous media outlets. Walsh, who has played with Hutchinson since the underage grades, has welcomed such openness and honesty.

“It is a very prevalent thing at the moment and it is a tough situation for anyone to be facing. You’d have to commend them on coming out and going into that much detail. Please God, everything will go okay for him.

“It is a massive thing [to publicise] because at the moment it is a very stigmatised condition. Not a lot of people are talking about it, so it is good for people to know that others are suffering also.”

Meanwhile, Shane O’Sullivan has been ruled out of the county’s Munster SHC quarter-final against Cork on May 25 through suspension.

Ballygunner clubman O’Sullivan was sent off against Dublin in Waterford’s relegation play-off at Walsh Park on March 30 and he failed with a Croke Park appeal on Monday night as GAA chiefs upheld referee Johnny Ryan’s decision. O’Sullivan and the Waterford management are considering whether to take a case to the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA).

Long-term injury victims Stephen Daniels (broken kneecap) and Brian O’Halloran (ankle) have already been ruled out of the Cork clash. Jake Dillon, who recently underwent knee surgery, is rated as 50/50 to make the game.

Richie Foley, who has suffered a setback following hip surgery, forward Maurice Shanahan (back) and All-Ireland minor winner Stephen Bennett (hip) are also struggling.

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