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Love Island’s Samira Mighty has opened up about her struggle with depression in a candid new post.
The 22 year old reality star and West End dancer took to Instagram to discuss her mental health in a video to her one million followers.
Honestly speaking about her struggles, the ITV2 star urged fans to seek help on her story.
She said: “Hello guys, I have these filters on because I’m hungover from New Year. I wanted to address something because recently I’ve been getting a lot of DMs about feeling low or being depressed…
“A lot are from younger people I think it’s good you’re recognising you feel that way now instead of getting to a point when you’re so low you can’t do anything about it.
“I want you to know that for me that people don’t know that I am diagnosed with depression. I knew I had it when I was younger…
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“I went to the doctors and my highs are mad high and my lows are so low. One thing I wish I did when I was younger is to talk to people and tell them how you feel and I was in places I hated and I was so low and it’s because i didn’t speak…
“I never say how I feel I’m very much a person who likes to keep it in and that’s OK. You learn about yourself… As a general rule don’t feel embarassed or be afraid…”
Before adding: “Speak to people how you feel because one little thing can make you feel better. My resolution is to start talking to people. If I feel a certain way and I get low and don’t tell anyone. I can reply to you and give you help and let’s do this together…
“Even the smiliest people in the world will be going through something. As a positive note let’s start open up more about mental health…
“I feel a lot of people don’t know that about me. I don’t want to pretend I’m OK. Obviously I’m very lucky, I have a great family and great work…
“But I struggle with my mental health. I love all of your DMs and if I can help anyone in any way I will. Talk to someone if you have a bad day. What do you do to overcome anxiety and depression.”
For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, or see samaritans.org for details
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