Sheridan Smith shared her pregnancy story in documentary Sheridan Smith: Becoming Mum tonight (September 1) and the honest, in-depth exploration of mental health and anxiety was praised all-round by viewers.
The actress, who has starred in Cilla, Gavin & Stacey and Jonathan Creek, let a camera crew track the course of her pregnancy as she reflected on her own mental health and explored the help that is available to pregnant women and new mothers.
We saw Sheridan and her fiancé Jamie Horn attending scans and pre-natal classes and preparing for their baby son's arrival, while Sheridan also met doctors and psychiatrists who talked her through the help that is available for expectant and new parents.
From meeting a doctor who gave her the positive news that she can continue to take the medication that she is prescribed for her mental health during pregnancy, to sharing hopes and fears about becoming a parent with an online support group, Sheridan explored her own thoughts and tried to find out what help is available for all parents.
She also spoke about how her attitude to public events has changed, as well as giving an insight into how that Graham Norton BAFTAs joke impacted on her mental health.
The documentary ended with Sheridan and Jamie proudly caring for their baby son Billy, who arrived in May, with Sheridan revealing that her child "completes her".
The actress received resounding praise for the raw documentary, with viewers sharing their admiration for the actress' honesty and thanking her for sharing her story on Twitter:
I am gobsmacked. What an extraordinary lioness @Sheridansmith1 is. Your bravery in talking about your vulnerability...anxiety, terror, hospital, loss...is a support for us all. Thank you for being so open. Kindness matters #becomingmum @ITV #therapy #mentalhealth— Anna Richardson (@AnnaRichardso) September 1, 2020
Well done @Sheridansmith1 - what a wonderful and moving documentary not only raising awareness on the struggles of mental health and depression but also having these during pregnancy. What an inspirational brave lady #BecomingMum ❤️— Katie (@katiesaffron95) September 1, 2020
Watching this now. Sheridan is such a lovely and fabulous person. It's good to see her talking about her family, mental health and anxiety during pregnancy in this documentary ❤️🌟#BecomingMum https://t.co/5gbazTjaFp— Susan Seddon 🌈📻🎶 (@SuzeTwelve) September 1, 2020
Sheridan revealed before the documentary aired that she had spoken about "things I have never spoken about before and I'd never spoken to my family and loved ones about" while making it.
"There are things revealed that I've never felt it the right time to say, or I've been ashamed or embarrassed to say before," she said. "But I thought, if I'm going on this journey for other women too who feel like that, then I need to be completely honest about what's happened in my life."
Sheridan Smith: Becoming Mum aired on ITV.
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.
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