Corrie's Bev supports Mind
Posted Wednesday 10 March 2010
Coronation Street actress Beverley Callard has revealed for the first time that she has been receiving treatment for a nervous breakdown and depression.
Millions of Corrie viewers heard last year that Rovers Return landlady Liz McDonald, played by Beverley, had gone off to Spain to stay with son Andy.
But the real reason for Bev’s disappearance from Weatherfield was that she was being treated in the Priory Clinic after experiencing a serious breakdown.
Now well on the road to recovery after months of treatment, Bev has decided to put her experience to good use to highlight the issues of mental health and depression by joining forces with leading mental health charity Mind.
I have been speaking to the mental health charity Mind about lending my support to the work they do – I feel it is really important to try and help lift the stigma that makes life so difficult for the 1 in 4 people who experience mental health problems.
Bev also used this opportunity to thank her friends, family and colleagues who were aware of what she was going through for their support and love during this difficult time.
Paul Farmer CEO at Mind said:
We are so thankful to Bev for offering Mind her ongoing support. Her story is testament that people who experience mental distress can recover, and can continue to lead full and rewarding lives. We hope that her inspiring story will help to raise awareness about an issue which is sadly still misunderstood. The support Bev received from her friends, family and ITV had a huge part to play in the steps she took back to good health. We encourage anyone who may be suffering in silence to reach out for help and urge those that they turn to be there for them without judgement.