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Fearne is author of a new book, HAPPY, released today, a book determined to help break the taboo around mental health.
"Through my new role as a Mind ambassador I would like to try and help stop the subject of depression being such a taboo. Depression is more common than people realise and one in six people will experience it during their lifetime. It was one of the most difficult things that I have ever faced in my life."
"I hope that by speaking out about the challenges I faced it might just help others going through similar experiences. I am absolutely delighted to be joining Mind and helping the charity to raise awareness of the many ways that people can build their own resilience and maintain good mental wellbeing."
Mind provides information so people can make their own choices and access the treatment and support that is right for them. In 2015-16, Mind supported 16.7 million people with their online information, and answered 60,000 queries on their helplines. Mind hopes, with Fearne’s backing, to reach even more people experiencing a mental health problem and support them in staying well.
Paul Farmer, CEO for Mind says: “We are thrilled to have Fearne’s support and know that her candid and open approach to her experiences of depression will empower many people to start a conversation about their own experiences.”
“Talking about your mental health is the most powerful tool in breaking down the stigma that sometimes still surrounds mental health. Everyone has mental health, so it’s important for us to all play our part in changing attitudes as well as paying attention to our own mental wellbeing and supporting our loved ones.”