Casualty's Amanda Henderson opens up about mental health struggle

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Casualty star Amanda Henderson has opened up about her mental health struggles in a candid post on her Instagram.

Sharing a picture of herself while swimming in the sea, the actor captioned the post with an update on her health as well as the benefits she's found from cold water swimming.

She wrote: "My mental health can be all over the place. I've had a really good few weeks.. but when things are going good I'm waiting for the worst to happen."

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"So even if I'm looking happy and having the best time. My mind is on overdrive thinking of what's going wrong next. Panic attacks have stopped me working. Depression has stopped me seeing people I love. And made me feel alone. But it's not who I am.

"I am more than this."

The actor has also been open about her experience with cold water swimming, regularly sharing images of herself in the sea or local rivers alongside a local wild swimming club.

She also added that swimming has helped her on days where she was struggled with her mental health.

"Swimming hasn't 'cured' me but being in the open water gives me a sense of calm and purpose and revitalisation and a community which I feel open to talking to about it all. And some of the best friends I could have," she stressed.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

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"It turned my life around. And for that I'm so grateful."

Henderson ended the post by encouraging others who are going through struggles to speak up and get help. "Asking for help is the strongest thing. It's the best thing I ever did," she wrote to fans.

Amanda received many warm responses to her message, praising her for bravely discussing such a vital topic.

The actress is best known for playing nurse Robyn Miller in the BBC continuing drama since 2013. She is also a veteran of the West End, having appeared in Oliver! and the film version of Les Misérables.

If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov

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