PHILLIP Schofield has said that “talking saved” him after coming out as gay as he shared an emotional story about mental health on Twitter yesterday.
The 58-year-old’s candour comes as he shared the fundraising efforts of grieving mother Alison Watson, who tragically lost her son Morgan to suicide on May 17.
Alison said on her JustGiving page that she and her family hopes to raise much needed funds for mental health charity Guernsey Mind to prevent male suicide following their heartbreaking loss.
She wrote: “We are heartbroken at his loss and have started this fundraising page in the small hope that we can prevent others suffering as we are losing someone they love as we love Morgan so much.
“Our hearts are breaking. Talking to whoever is so important for everyone, especially young men.”
The cause struck a chord with Phil, who shared the fundraising page on his social media while discussing his own battle with mental health.
“Another heartbreaking story,” he penned. “There is strength in talking.
“Please don’t try to fight your head on your own. Talking saved me #bekind #talk”.
In February, Phil revealed how covering up the fact he was gay plunged him into a dangerous depression in an interview with The Sun on Sunday.
And the TV star bravely admitted he was pulled back from the brink of suicide by the strength of his loving wife Steph, 56, and their daughters Molly, 26, and Ruby, 24.
Phillip said: “There is no doubt living with this kind of secret can take people to the darkest of places.
“And there is no question for me it got very dark, because it felt hopeless.
“There is no question, in those moments, when I couldn’t see a way forward, it was Steph and my girls — through their strength — who hauled me back,” he continued.
“But I understand completely why so many men and women in this country get to the point of suicide.
“I had Steph and I had my girls and I don’t think I could have left them like that. But if I hadn’t have had their support, then who knows?”
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Famed for his sunny TV persona, few could have guessed at the private turmoil Phillip had been battling for so long.
The ITV host admitted harbouring the explosive truth about his sexuality was beginning to cause him psychological harm and sought professional counselling to deal with his anguish.
Since announcing his sexuality in February, Phil has become an advocate of mental health and recently joined a wealth of fellow ITV stars for a worthwhile campaign on the broadcaster for Mental Health Awareness Week.