Made In Chelsea star talks about struggles with anxiety on World Mental Health Day
Made in Chelsea‘s Josh ‘JP’ Patterson has opened up about his anxiety yesterday (October 10) on Good Morning Britain.
The MIC star gave a commendable interview in which he spoke sincerely about the ongoing battle with his mental condition, which began at the age of 13.
JP spoke to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on the topic in honour of World Mental Health Day, describing the lack of support and guidance available to him as a teenager at school: “I went to a school doctor to talk about it but after I was diagnosed, it was like ‘be on your way’. There wasn’t any support.”
He added: “I remember looking at a piece of paper the doctor gave me and I ticked every symptom off it was that bad. But it was refreshing to see that list and know I was actually suffering with something. Although to be enduring all of those things at such a young age was scary.”
As an influential figure within the public eye, JP recognised the importance of using his platform as a television personality to raise the public profile of mental health awareness: “When someone like myself speaks out, people are so shocked. They look on social media and see the kind of lifestyle you have, and they just can’t believe you may have had issues behind closed doors.”
Mental illness can affect absolutely anyone, and celebrities speaking out on the issue can help to alter false perceptions and stigmatisation surrounding the topic, as well as encourage others suffering in silence to seek support.
JP added: “I still suffer from anxiety but speaking about it helps… as does playing sport – that really helps my sanity.”
World Mental Health Day was acknowledged at the London Eye yesterday, where Prince William, Prince Harry and Kate Middleton all attended to mark the occasion. The famous landmark was lit up in purple in support of raising awareness.