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Cornwall TV star opens up about her mental health struggles

Cornwall TV star opens up about her mental health struggles

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:06am 21st May 2020.

A TV star from Camborne has opened up about her struggles with mental health, to encourage others to get help.

28-year-old Beth Robinson appeared on Channel 4's SAS: Who Dares Wins earlier this year.

But back in 2015 she started to struggle after coming out of a difficult relationship.

Beth distanced herself from her family and experienced periods of feeling very low and very high, along with suicidal thoughts.

She got help from Outlook South West and was diagnosed with severe depression and bipolar disorder.

"I became quite sort of angry and numb. I was never really sad in the way that people think of when you’re depressed.

“I would then experience ‘hypermania’, associated with the condition I was later diagnosed with: bipolar disorder”.

Beth Robinson

Now she is urging people to reach out in any way possible, as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.

Beth is sharing a series of videos about her experiences online, from the first signs that something was wrong, through to experiencing feelings of suicide, getting a diagnosis and then, with support, exploring different ways she could manage her condition.

Beth Robinson - Mental health journey 1 from Cornwall Council on Vimeo.

How to get help:

Cornwall Council’s Public Health team, in partnership with Cornwall Foundation NHS Trust, has help available for anyone who needs support and advice on how to cope with a mental health problem.

To find out more about support for mental health then please visit Cornwall Council’s website www.cornwall.gov.uk/mentalhealth 

You can find out more about Outlook South West on their website https://www.cornwallft.nhs.uk/outlook-south-west

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has also recently launched a new 24/7 open access telephone service for anyone worried about their mental health.  Support is available to anyone, regardless of age, all day every day, by calling free on 0800 038 5300.

Beth reached out for help from Outlook South West, a service provided by Cornwall NHS Foundation Trust.

“Now, more than ever, we are seeing how our physical wellbeing and our mental health are so closely interlinked. There will be so many people struggling with a whole range of psychological difficulties, some directly as a result of the pandemic, and others who were facing an ongoing daily struggle even before the emergence of COVID-19.

"The important thing is that people know there is help and support out there. Taking that first step to reach out, even to a friend or family member, is such an important one. We are accepting self-referrals online and by phone and we urge anyone who is struggling with anxiety or depression to take those initial steps towards recovery by seeking that help.”

Mike Sandercock, a cognitive behavioural therapist and clinical manager at Outlook South West

“We’re so grateful to Beth for sharing her story so that others could hear about her journey and hopefully relate to what she says. She has proved that, with the right support, you can overcome low points in your life, even when it seems as though there is no way out.

“I know that people right now especially, will be feeling extreme pressure, whether that’s through money worries, feelings of loneliness or struggling to cope with their mental health condition in the strange situation we all find ourselves in. It’s so important that people know about the support that is available to them.”

Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for children, wellbeing and public health, Sally Hawken

“We have pulled together a wealth of information on the Council’s website, addressing the different sorts of issues that people might be facing with advice on where to go to get support. Our mental health and emotional wellbeing affects how we think, feel, and act, as we cope with life. It’s only when things don’t feel right that we realise how important it is.  

“I’d also like to thank Beth for coming forward and sharing her story. I hope that as many people as possible watch her videos over the coming week and are able to find some comfort in those shared experiences, as well as finding the courage to ask for help.”

Cornwall Council’s Interim Director of Public Health, Rachel Wigglesworth

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