Stephen Bunting has come back to form as of late after a few years in the darting doldrums where he was on the verge of quitting the sport entirely. In an interview with Live Darts, he has revealed a depression battle and how a sports psychologist helped him to be where he is today.

Bunting, a former World Champion had a meteoric rise like Rob Cross; but a slide in rankings and form made life hard away from the oche. Now though ‘The Bullet’ has stated he is back and that he is proud to be back to his best.

“Away from the oche I was getting really depressed. It was something I really needed help with.

“I was turning up to venues and I thought everyone was looking at me and laughing at me. That’s how bad it got. It was a dark place.

“I’m a happy guy and turning up with my manager Jon Archer in the car, not being my normal self. I was really off and my manager is my best friend. Without his help and a sports psychologist I wouldn’t be here playing now.

“Darts can be a very lonely place especially when you’re on the stage and there’s no one else who can help you.

“I’ve been in a dark place but now I’m back. It’s possibly the best thing that’s ever happened to me, you see the down side of the sport. When you’re losing games and your confidence is down, it’s so hard.

“I’ve been on that much of a low for six to eight months, I think I can take every single positive over the lows. I can make them into confidence builders. I’m really proud that I feel like I’m back to my best.”

Click here here for a video where Paul Nicholson spoke to Bunting about his use of a sports psychologist.

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Author: Samuel Gill