Emotional Phillip Schofield opens up about secret mental health struggle


Phillip Schofield appeared to be emotional today as he opened up about being in a “dark and scary place” during lockdown.

The presenter, 58, spoke about his struggle with mental health on This Morning as they discussed the increase in male depression since the coronavirus pandemic began.

He revealed that his family, including wife Stephanie, and friend Holly Willoughby had helped him through the dark period in his life.

Speaking to CALM CEO Simon Gunning, he said: “Over the next few weeks I will be talking quite a lot about my mental health and where my head has been in recent times.

“And it’s surprising how you think you’ve got a grip on everything and then suddenly your head takes you to dark and scary places.


“You say loved ones can be instrumental in helping and there’s no question that I needed a lot of help in recent times with people who sit at the side of me right now, who helped me enormously.

“Steph, my wife at home, my girls, my family. And loved ones can be instrumental in helping.

“I understand, I realise that not everyone is as lucky as I am to have sympathetic ears to listen to and understand how much you can help someone just by listening.”

He later addressed the necessity of not making any rash decisions during those dark times.

“I’ve been to some fairly dark places that when those clouds roll in,” Phil said. “Don’t rush to judge in your life because you don’t realise where it can go quite quickly.”

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*This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV





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