Rebekah Vardy, Kate Ferdinand, and Mark Wright led the stars in sharing words of support with their followers on World Mental Health Day on Saturday.
The WAG, 38, TV personality, 29, and former TOWIE star, 33, joined an array of celebrities posting snaps, videos, and tales of their own struggles with their mental well-being in a bid to help others.
Sharing a cartoon of two characters sharing their feelings with one another, Rebekah wrote ‘it’s okay not to be okay’ as she urged her followers to also ‘be kind.’
‘It’s okay not to be okay’: Rebekah Vardy (L), Kate Ferdinand and Mark Wright led the stars marking Mental Health Awareness Day with a series of touching social media posts on Saturday
Kate posted a sweet drawing with her husband Rio, his sons Lorenz, 14, and Tate, 12, and daughter Tia, nine, Kate explained that looking after oneself can be ‘a rocky journey.’
In a lengthy post, she wrote: ‘Mental health is something I have struggled with for as far back as I can remember …. it can be a rocky journey, and one that we have to take with care, being kind to ourselves can be one of the hardest things to do.
‘I just really wanted to say to everyone who is struggling you are not alone. Although we often feel alone and like no one understands, there are many avenues of help available, talking to someone can really lessen the pressure on your shoulders.
‘Love surrounds us’: Kate posted a sweet drawing with her husband Rio, his sons Lorenz, 14, and Tate, 12, and daughter Tia, nine, Kate explained that looking after oneself can be ‘a rocky journey’
Honest: Kate wrote, ‘It can be a rocky journey, and one that we have to take with care, being kind to ourselves can be one of the hardest things to do’
‘Peoples lives may look a certain way from social media and everything can look perfect but this doesn’t mean they don’t have internal struggles.
‘It’s ok to feel overwhelmed and unstable even when everything looks perfect from the outside. Sending you all lots of love and strength today and always.’
Mark, meanwhile, shared a candid video in which he detailed how 75 per cent of those committing suicide are men, as he urged followers to reach out for help.
In an honest chat, he said: ‘Hey guys, I hope you’re having a great Saturday so far, look guys I wanted to talk about something important that I don’t speak about often, in fact I don’t think I’ve ever spoken about it on social media.
Doing his part: Mark, meanwhile, shared a candid video in which he detailed how 75 per cent of those committing suicide are men, as he urged followers to reach out for help
Help is out there: Urging followers to seek help if they’re struggling, he added: ‘So, please, if you’re suffering do not go through this alone, talk to someone if you’re feeling s*** even a friend or a family member
‘But today is world mental health day, and I feel as someone who with some form of platform I need to talk about it and raise awareness about it because it’s so, so, so important, especially in these difficult times that we are dealing with right now.
‘If I can help one person today watching it then this is worth it, firstly to anyone who has mental health issues watching this I want to send you all the love in the world because to be honest I can’t imagine how tough that must be.
‘I’ve been fortunate enough that I’m not someone who suffers from mental health issues although of course I’ve experienced moments like everybody does, of anxiety or feeling a bit low from time to time, a little bit confused.
‘So I don’t want to claim I’m an expert on this topic at all because I’m totally not, but if I could give any advice, when I’m feeling anxious or a little bit stressed, working out, staying active, training, clears my mind and gets rid of that stress. So if you want to take that advice then please do.’
Tragic loss: Dr Alex George paid tribute to his brother Llŷr, who passed away in July after taking his own life following a battle with his mental health
He went on: ‘I learnt yesterday in the UK 6,500 people die by suicide every single year, let that sink in. That’s 125 people a week, and 75 per cent of those suicides are male, and 75 per cent of men who do die by suicide are not in touch with mental health services prior to their death, who potentially could have helped.
‘So, having loved ones that do suffer considerably with mental health issues, like people in my family do, those stats they really, really hit home for me.
‘That’s 6500 families, like mine, who lost a loved one in the past year, I don’t even know how I would feel or how I would cope if this happened in my family.’
Urging followers to seek help if they’re struggling, he added: ‘So, please, if you’re suffering do not go through this alone, talk to someone if you’re feeling s*** even a friend or a family member, whether that be today, next week, or next month.
Instagram vs reality: Charlotte Dawson shared pictures of herself at one of her lowest points as well as at one of her highest to show her followers how someone with mental health issues can struggle day-to-day
Someone is always there: Charlotte told her followers that ‘the best thing to do is talk’ if they are struggling as they will be able to share their troubles with a friend or family member, as she reflected on her brother-in-law’s passing
Putting pen to paper: Laura Anderson shared two very different snaps of herself as she urged her followers to read her column in which she discussed World Mental Health Day
‘And for extra help, calm have a webchat and helpline available which is completely anonymous, private, and of course non-judgemental. These are both open from 5pm to midnight every single day of the year.’
He went on: ‘I want to round this off by saying a huge shout out to calm and all the other mental health workers and charities out there, you really are amazing and you’re saving lives everyday, and we need to save more.
‘So if you’re watching this, I reiterate, if you’re feeling down, anxious, or low at any point in your life please reach out to a family member or a friend, don’t do this alone or reach out to calm or another kind of charity.
‘I find when I feel low or anxious, or stressed, or confused, I always reach out, I’m somebody who finds it okay to do that, and i want you to be the same.
‘Don’t feel embarrassed the minute I feel low I get on the phone to my friend or I talk to my wife or my family members, and that may be why I don’t go to deeper situations. But, please, reach out today. Have a great weekend.’
Tribute: Strictly’s Janette Manrara shared a photo of late former champion Caroline Flack, as she wrote to fans: ‘Let’s always remember that sometimes those that seem the strongest, can sometimes be fighting the toughest battles’
Dr Alex George paid tribute to his brother Llŷr, who passed away in July after taking his own life following a battle with his mental health.
Sharing a drawing of himself with his brother, Dr Alex wrote: ‘Today is incredibly hard, there is no way round it. I was so proud having Llŷr with me in A&E, the day this photo was taken was the last time we were together.
‘Lockdown hit and I had a job to do in London. This drawing means the world to me, it took @emmartinillustrations_ 5 days to do by hand. Thank you so much. I am so grateful.
‘World Mental Health day is a reminder for us all to hold our loved ones close, to reach out to those who might be struggling and, importantly, to look after ourselves.
‘I have made a promise to Llŷr that I will be relentless in my mission to bring change to mental health at schools. For you, my boy’
Strictly’s Janette Manrara shared a photo of late former champion Caroline Flack, as she wrote to fans: ‘Today is World Mental Health Day…. Let’s always remember that sometimes those that seem the strongest, can sometimes be fighting the toughest battles.
‘The simplest choice for us all to make is to #BeKind. For anyone suffering, remember that you are never alone; this too shall pass… #MissYou’
If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org