CORONATION Street newcomer Will Mellor has revealed he suffered from a devastating mental health crisis after the deaths of his sister and dad.
The actor – who plays drugs lord Harvey in the ITV soap – lost his sister nine years ago and his father last year during lockdown.
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He told how he was plunged into grief, couldn't get out of bed and ended up drinking too much and gambling in an effort to feel good about something in his life.
Speaking to The Sun and other media, he said: "I’ve been through down times before. I’m a very upbeat person, live for the moment, excitable, creative, try to be life and soul. But when that’s not happening there’s another side which wasn’t nice.
“I lost my sister nine years ago I didn’t deal with it very well. I didn’t want to get out of bed some days, was drinking a bit too much, I got into gambling a little bit but luckily got out of that.
“I was looking for potential highs to cheer me up which is the worst thing to do. Alcohol is a depressant – you might feel great that night but the day after you’re on the floor again and feel worse than you did before.
“Having my wife, family and kids around really helped pull me out of it.
“I had to stop feeling guilty about things, that I couldn’t do any more for my sister, you put things onto yourself – it was a vicious cycle and I had to get out of it.
“When my dad passed I saw the signs and didn’t go that deep. Obviously lockdown didn’t help, when you don’t have to be up in the morning there’s no excuse not to have a few drinks.
“You have a word with yourself, I was sick of feeling rubbish and now I feel great.”
The Two Pints star added: “My mindset is better. You can’t change a situation but you can change yourself, the repetition of what you’re doing and keep an eye out for those little triggers.
“I’m alright, was never an alcoholic or anything but was doing things a bit too regularly.
“It wasn’t making me feel any better. Talking helps so say you’re struggling, speak to friends and family. It’s easier said than done but it does help.”
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I’m an ambassador for mental health kaleidoscope plus group team KPG. The whole mantra is its okay not to be okay and talking helps, I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t listen to my own advice.
He added: “It’s alright to feel down or sad. I cry a lot, I’m an emotional person, highs and lows are part of me just accept it.”
Will makes his debut on Corrie later this month as the drugs lord behind Simon Barlow’s recent torment.
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