Linda Robson opens up on mental health following illness last year

Joe Anderton
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From Digital Spy

Note: The following article contains discussion of themes including suicide that some readers may find upsetting.

Loose Women star Linda Robson has opened up about her mental health struggles last year.

The star previously took a year-long break from the panel show because of anxiety, depression, and OCD following a bad reaction to medication.

Now she has spoken more about how she was on holiday with her co-stars when they realised the extent of her illness and how she initially felt guilty about getting help, before successfully going through treatment and getting back on track.

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"It felt like I wanted to die because I wasn't enjoying life like I used to," she told The Sun.

"I had reached breaking point and the reason I'm telling you this now is because I want anyone else who might be feeling the same way to read this and know that they're not alone and that things can get better for them too. They just have to accept help, like I did.

"Stacey (Solomon) came with me. I was in a terrible state, so we played games on her phone just to try to distract me. I was thinking, 'What am I going to do? Where am I going?'

"I was scared, embarrassed and ashamed because my kids had been told their mum was in a state and [needed] help. When we got to the clinic, they all met us there and when I saw their worried faces all I could think of was, 'Oh no, what have I done to them?'"

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She said in a video on the site that she is talking about it now because she wants to make sure those who feel "helpless" realise that there are people to talk to and that they can hopefully come out the other side.

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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