WITH family rows, the pressure of buying presents and the dreaded journey home, Christmas can often feel like too much to handle. But for the 10million Brits plagued by suicidal thoughts, Christmas can prove an agonising time. Here, three brave women speak out as part of the Sun’s You’re Not Alone campaign, sharing how they have been driven to the brink of suicide - and how they've overcome their darkest days. 'I spent Christmas Day shaking under the tree' Ailsa Frank is 51 from Camberley, Surrey She says: "Christmas is the time of year people like me dread the most - in fact, I refused to celebrate it for 13 years. I split up from my husband in 2002 and I lost custody of our daughter after I suffered a mental breakdown. It had been an awful year, and seeing happy families on TV and remembering our past Christmases as a family was more than I could cope with. I'd bought a tree to try to make things seem normal. But December 25 took on a new meaning. I … [Read more...] about Driven to suicide and shaking under the Christmas tree alone… brave women share what it’s like to battle depression at Christmas
OVERCOME with emotion after lifting Strictly Come Dancing’s Glitterball trophy, Kevin Clifton was hoisted aloft, victorious at last. The pro dancer’s long-awaited triumph on the BBC show was a popular result, coming after four previous defeats in the final and the recent collapse of his third marriage. His celebrity partner this year, documentary maker Stacey Dooley, 31, led the plaudits, paying tribute to “King Kev” in her victory speech. His years of heartache on the Strictly dancefloor may now be over — but there could be more to come off it. By his own admission, Kevin, 36, can get consumed by the show. When he crashed out in week ten of last year’s show with comedian Susan Calman, he publicly apologised to his now estranged wife and fellow pro, Karen. He said: “When Strictly is on I’m not the easiest person to live with. I go a bit mad. So I’d like to say first of all thanks to my wife for putting up with me.” Tellingly, … [Read more...] about Kevin Clifton’s been hit by Strictly Curse twice, battled depression and has been married three times – so why do viewers and dance partners adore him so much?
SHE was fun and bubbly in the I’m A Celebrity camp, but Emily Atack was secretly battling depression – and there was a shrink on standby when she was in the jungle. The comedy actress, whose all-singing, all-dancing antics captured viewers’ hearts, also had a terrifying panic attack shortly before going on the hit ITV show. In an exclusive interview, 28-year-old Emily tells of her mental health problems and reveals she regularly sees a counsellor. She also addresses last week’s Sun on Sunday exposé about her rumoured fling with her married Dancing On Ice partner in 2010. Emily says: “I’ve only had one panic attack in my whole life and that was just before I left for the jungle. It was so, so horrible, totally out of the blue and really weird. “I was getting my eyelash extensions done and I’d had a really stressful few weeks in the build-up to doing the show. I was lying there and it just crept up. “I didn’t know what was … [Read more...] about Emily Atack had a psychiatrist on standby as she battled depression on I’m A Celebrity
X FACTOR'S Bella Penfold revealed how she lost five stone she put on after 'sitting in a dark room and eating biscuits' as she battled depression. The stunning singer, 19, who was axed from the ITV show last night, revealed her battle with depression left her contemplating the value of her life. Brave Bella has opened up about how she turned her life around after beating her demons to become a singer. Bella, who lost an astonishing five stone two years ago, told the Sun Online: "I was young, had a lot of anxiety, I was clearly struggling with my sexuality who I am as a person, and I was five stone heavier. At points I couldn't see the quality of life - I didn't really have much value for life. Now I'm like, what the hell was I thinking? "And if anyone feels like that ever, that's not a feeling you will have forever. To anyone struggling - just carry on. You can make a change. " She added: "A few years ago I was in my room, blinds down watching depressing TV programmes. I … [Read more...] about X Factor’s Bella Penfold reveals how she lost five stone she put on after ‘sitting in a dark room and eating biscuits’ as she battled depression
Matlock Town’s academy striker Spencer Candlin has openly expressed his thoughts after overcoming a difficult year which left the youngster uninterested in football. The ex-Teversal FC player said: “I went through a tough time for about a year. I completely lost interest in everything. I didn’t like football or anything. I didn’t know what was up with me to be honest but I was just low with no confidence in myself. I was at rock bottom – and there was nothing I could do.”The teen from Mansfield admitted to suffering with depression, something Tottenham Hotspur and England fullback Danny Rose has spoken openly about. Candlin said: “Unfortunately I have been through it. It’s nice to know that it can now be spoken about by someone like Danny Rose and to know someone else has felt that.”Having dislocated his pelvis a couple of years ago, the forward felt the effects of the injury not just physically but mentally. Candlin said: “I … [Read more...] about Matlock Town striker opens up about battling depression