Hollyoaks star Joe Tracini opens up about mental health struggles

Photo credit: Twitter
Photo credit: Twitter

From Digital Spy

Note: This article contains discussion of themes including mental health.

Former Hollyoaks star Joe Tracini has been praised by colleagues after posting a video about his mental health.

The star played Dennis Savage on the Channel 4 soap, and in a new social media video he tried to explain living with Emotional Unstable Personality Disorder (also known as BPD).

In the clip, Joe appears as himself against a split screen of him playing his BPD, and captioned the post: "I have Borderline Personality Disorder. He lives in my head and it's difficult to explain the symptoms, so I got him out to show you xx."

Photo credit: @joetracini - Twitter
Photo credit: @joetracini - Twitter

Since he posted the clip, a number of former fellow stars have praised Joe, including Ayden Callaghan (Joe Roscoe). He NSFW-ly joked of one part in the clip: "Those chocolate Santa's do look like cocks. This is great, love. Xxx."

Jorgie Porter (Theresa McQueen) added: "Your incredible such a genius!!!!!!," while James Sutton (John Paul McQueen) beamed: "Joe this is truly wonderful. X."

Following the positive response, Joe tweeted: "Thank you to the actual 1.3M people that have taken the time to watch this & try to understand something they didn't; whether it's in you, in somebody you know, or somebody you've lost.

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

"If you've said something to me I will reply it just takes a while. Truly, thank you xx."

Watch Joe's video below:

Last year, Joe posted an emotional video on Twitter where he talked candidly about his BPD and previous substance abuse.

We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. 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 or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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