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“You wouldn’t wish those kind of feelings on your worst enemy… It got bad, it got horrible, I was in a proper dark place.”
Three months after coming third on last year’s series of Love Island, contestant Chris Hughes opened up about his anxiety, which he had experienced since the age of 19.
Hughes had previously written an Instagram post about his anxiety and panic attacks in a post on World Mental Health Day in 2016, and appeared to struggle with his emotions when starring on the reality show a year later. (Viewers defended him online when he was told not to “cry again” by his love interest on the programme.)
Since then, he has teamed up with Topman to raise awareness about men’s mental health, and said he still has to focus on coping with the condition.
“About a week ago I was just laying in bed, I know how to cope with it now a lot better than I did, and my breathing went a bit funny and I did get a little anxiety,” he told the Sun last October.
Hughes is not alone.
The winner of last year’s Love Island, Kem Cetinay, has spoken about his post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety, and his experience of taking anti-depressants and having therapy.
“I didn’t know what I was suffering, I would hide away and it got worse and worse,” he told Heat magazine in May. “It felt like I was locked in a prison but that was all I could do.”
Jamie Jewitt, the runner-up last year, has also revealed his past struggles with his mental health – crediting the digital detox required on the show for helping tackle his depression.
“You have billions of people at the touch of a button to judge yourself against”
Having been “very depressed” before joining the show – and even “very unsure about going in there” – Jewitt felt he benefited from human bonding, without access to social media and other distractions.
“You have billions of people at the touch of a button to judge yourself against,” the former model told HuffPo last October. “You look on Instagram, and you see a pumped-up version, or rose-tinted version of someone’s life.”
The former model had struggled with the “materialism” and “superficiality” of his job.
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Source:: New Statesman