Denise Welch talks to depression sufferer for MHFA England
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Jason Manford, 39, is a comedian, singer, television presenter, radio presenter and actor. The bubbly Manchester born star took a break from a social media and revealed the heart-breaking reason why.
Comedian and ex star of 8 Out of 10 Cats opened up about his struggles with anxiety and depression revealing how at his lowest he like he had let his family down when he felt like he could no longer carry on with his work.
Revealing his harrowing ordeal with mental health in a video posted on Facebook and Instagram, the comedian bravely wanted to share his experience to his fans to let them know why he had been absent from social media for much of the year.
Speaking to his 1.3 million followers, he said he had decided to share his own issues following the death of former Love Island contestant Mike Thalassitis.
“At the beginning of the year I had a bit of a health scare and I wouldn’t go as far as to say a breakdown, but I had a struggle mentally and I found it very difficult to deal with,” he began
“I cracked on and got through it, as we all have to do but that it has taken until now to be brave enough to say it.
“I’ve been struggling, you know, finding things hard, and I think social media can sometimes really not help with that.”
Manford concluded how his decision to take time away from social media had not only been prompted by abusive trolls and “nastiness”, but because he also found himself constantly comparing his life with other people’s.
Depression symptoms vary from person to person, but there are some common signs of the condition.
Most commonly people who are depressed will feel sad, hopeless and a lack of interest in the things they enjoy.
Many people may feel down and sad sometimes, while depressed people have these feelings for weeks or months on end.
According to the NHS, common psychological symptoms of depression:
- Continuous low mood or sadness
- Feeling hopeless and helpless
- Low self-esteem
- Feeling tearful
- Feeling guilt-ridden
- Irritability and intolerance of others
- No motivation or interest in things
- Difficulty making decisions
- No enjoyment out of life
- Feeling anxious or worried
- Thoughts of suicide or self-harm
People are more reluctant to reveal they have a mental illness than to come out as gay, according to a new study that reaffirms warnings from campaigners that mental illness still faces a persistent social taboo.
In a survey of 2,000 people across Britain, almost 30 percent said they would find it difficult to admit publicly to having a mental illness, compared with 20 percent who said they would have difficulty coming out as gay.
Manford urged people suffering to talk – “especially blokes” – and asked fans to remember that “just because you’re struggling doesn’t mean you’re failing”.
If you’re having a mental health crisis, Mind charity offers a list of helplines for someone to speak to.
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