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Many viewers appreciated Rebekah and Iain's candid discussion about mental health on last night's I'm A Celeb

Rebekah Vardy opened up about suffering with post-natal depression and her suicide attempt.

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ON LAST NIGHT’S episode of I’m A Celeb, Iain Lee and Rebekah Vardy opened up about the struggles they’ve faced with their mental health in the past.

The conversation began when broadcaster Iain Lee began to discuss some of the callers he speaks to on radio, who often chat about their mental health and struggles with depression.

Iain admitted that he had also had suicidal thoughts in the past, telling the other celebs “I’m not proud that my head went that way, but it’s not a weakness.”

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Rebekah, who is a mother to four children, was not ashamed to discuss a suicide attempt she made when she was just 14. Iain was shocked, saying although he knows it’s extremely common, it breaks his heart to think of a 14-year-old considering taking their own life.

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Vardy said that the issue was ‘brushed under the carpet’ back then, which led her to make some very bad decisions later in life. Eventually she learned that you can’t run from your issues forever, when she began to suffer with post-natal depression after the birth of her second child.

I had really bad post natal depression with my second, it’s like Pandora’s box opens and when it opens you have to deal with it.

She went into detail about what she had to do to overcome her issues with mental health:

I had CBT, a therapy which changes your brain’s thought process, I had counselling and I was on anti-depressants for a while and then all of a sudden things just started getting better because you learn to deal with things and you learn that you can’t just put them in your back pocket. You need to talk and talking’s really good and it helps you overcome so many things. It is so different now.

The fact that this is a conversation that can be casually had on television shows the huge progress that has been made in the last decade or so. Fans recognised this and took to Twitter to thank ITV for not editing the conversation out.

If you need to talk, contact:
Samaritans 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org
Aware 1800 804848 (depression, anxiety)
Pieta House 1800 247247 or email mary@pieta.ie – (suicide, self-harm)
Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833634 (for ages 13 to 19)
Childline 1800 666666 (for under 18s)

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