Recently, there has been a mental health crusade in a bid to raise awareness of the problems that people can face internally.
For men, suicide is the biggest killer for those under 45 years of age and three-quarters of all suicides are male with men often finding it difficult to open up on their feelings.
Last night, Love Island viewers tuned in to watch an incredibly emotional Jacques O’Neill say his goodbyes to the villa after admitting he wasn’t being the best version of himself.
Whilst coupled up with Welsh beauty Paige, Jacques has faced a rocky relationship in recent days following antics in Casa Amor – where he was faced with six different girls in a different environment – and has since been trying with all his might to repair the damage.
However, O’Neill’s mood had considerably worsened as epitomised by yesterday’s bombshell when new boy Adam Collard walked in with his eyes firmly planted on Paige.
That seemed to tip the scales for Jacques and he lost his rag in last night’s episode, stating towards Adam: “Have you been f**king off? Who the f**k is he? Just another geezer who’s been on the show? He can f**k off then mate.”
That behaviour worried Paige with Jacques then beginning to realise the error of his ways. And, after professing his feelings for his partner, O’Neill revealed his decision to leave the Love Island villa in one of the most emotional moments in reality TV in recent years.
Jacques was keen to emphasise that he would ‘wait for Paige on the outside’ and that he wanted her to be ‘his girlfriend.’
However, although the majority of the rugby league fraternity has been overwhelmingly supportive, one former St Helens and Hull FC player – Jamie Foster – hasn’t.
Foster had already mocked O’Neill’s decision to head into the Love Island villa to start with, but after hearing of news of the former Castleford man’s exit from the villa, tweeted: “HI HO HI HO…IT’S BACK TO CAS I GO.”
HI HO HI HO…….ITS BACK TO CAS I GO https://t.co/0wdOmD4dBQ
— Jamie foster (@jamiefoster22) July 12, 2022
However, the love shown towards O’Neill has been great. Former Castleford and current Warrington Wolves star Peter Mata’utia tweeted: “That was hard to watch. My guy,” with three love heart emojis.
That was hard to watch. My guy
— PeanutMatautia (@PeteMatautia) July 12, 2022
Another rugby league fan revealed how emotional the program made her, stating: “It made me cry, I’m sure the rugby family will look after him though.”
It made me cry, I’m sure the rugby family will look after him though ❤️
— Joy McCormick (@westlifesnum1) July 12, 2022
Another Twitter user wants everyone to get behind Jacques now he has left: “He’ll need his mates and teammates around him, feel so sorry for him. He’s a brave kid, wish him all the best and hope he gets a contract again to get back to himself and back to something he loves.”
He'll need his mates and teammates around him, feel so sorry for him. He's a brave kid, wish him all the best and hope he gets a contract again to get back to himself and back to something he loves
— James Wilde (@Wilde_3) July 12, 2022
Ex-teammate Oliver Holmes was also full of support for Jacques, tweeting: “Proud of @Jacques9oneill for what he’s done tonight! Takes a big man to admit when your not in a good place and make a decision like that. You can see he’s emotional and he cares for @PaigeThorne8 a lot. Just remember people, he’s only human and if you’ve nothing nice to say.”
Proud of @Jacques9oneill for what he’s done tonight! Takes a big man to admit when your not in a good place and make a decision like that. You can see he’s emotional and he cares for @PaigeThorne8 a lot. Just remember people, he’s only human and if you’ve nothing nice to say 🤷🏼♂️
— Oliver Holmes (@Oli_Holmes) July 12, 2022
More fans agreed with Holmes’ statement: “100% he did the right thing!! Hopefully see him back doing what he does soon and gets his head right, hope she follows him.”
100% he did the right thing!! Hopefully see him back doing what he does soon and gets his head right, hope she follows him..
— Mickey (@Mickeye6) July 12, 2022