Celebrities including Holly Willoughby, Fearne Cotton and Professor Green are among the famous faces posting about World Mental Health Day.
The government announced today its intention to have a dedicated minister for suicide prevention, Jackie Doyle-Price, who is already the UK’s minister for mental health.
Social media offered a platform for stars to offer reassurance to followers with many posting ‘It’s okay not to be okay’.
Radio and television star Fearne Cotton posted a handwritten note from a Liberty notepad reminding herself how to look after her own mental health.
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Fearne Cotton published a handwritten note she’d sent to herself today to mark World Mental Health Day. The 37-year-old said she was determined to be ‘kind to my mind’
The note, published on a Liberty notepad, said she would use techniques including yoga, meditation and running to help with mental health issues
The 37-year-old mother-of-two has been vocal on her own struggles with depression and told followers that she vowed to be ‘kind to her mind’ and remember ‘that the sun will rise again’.
She also listed techniques to help her stave off the depression she’s experienced in the past, listing yoga, meditation and running among the ways she finds relief from mental health issues.
Elsewhere, Holly Willoughby poured praise on the anti-suicide art installation currently atop ITV’s This Morning studios. Project 84 was unveiled by Holly and Phillip earlier this year to represent the real men who take their own lives every week.
On Instagram, she wrote: ‘Just so proud to have been a part of this… it’s a massive step forward but still loads of work to do… great to be talking about this today on #worldmentalhealthday x’
Holly Willoughby posted on the art installation currently above the This Morning studios. Project 84 highlights the male suicide rate in the UK – 84 men take their own lives every week
Martine McCutcheon urged followers to keep talking and said mental health issues can make you feel a prisoner of yourself
Rap star Professor Green added his voice, telling his 810,00 followers on Instagram how he’s pleased his own story had helped others
The mother-of-two, who has been vocal in recent months about her struggles with anxiety and panic disorder, told her 180,000 followers on Instagram that she’d had a ‘bad couple of days’, describing the ‘black hole’ of anxiety
Rap star Professor Green also posted about his battle with mental health issues and how important it is to keep talking.
He wrote to his 810,000 followers about how helping others had helped him, saying: ‘I’ve not always been right, I’ve made terrible decisions, made mistakes, done things I wish I could undo that go against my own code of ethics, but I’ve also worked bloody hard at leaving them in the past (where they are by default) and allowing myself to grow into a better person, not limited or destroyed by any of what’s come before now, and in doing so I’ve been able to help a lot of people.’
Earlier this week, Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain revealed that she’s currently battling a ‘black hole’ of anxiety.
Posting a loving image of her husband Abdal and their two children to her 180,000 followers on Instagram, the television star and cookery writer, said that even the smiles of her young family could not fix what is ‘so badly broken’.
The break-out star from the Bake Off series, which she won in 2015, has been vocal in recent months about her struggle with panic disorders and mental health.