Dun­can James’ guest col­umn

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World Men­tal Health Aware­ness Day falls on 10 Oc­to­ber this year. We need to re­move the stigma as peo­ple are suf­fer­ing in si­lence from ill­nesses like anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion. An aware­ness day helps peo­ple be more con­fi­dent about open­ing up about what they are bat­tling in­side their head. It can be hard to open up to fam­ily and close friends, but it re­ally helps. I had anx­i­ety af­ter Blue split up the first time, but I didn’t tell any­one. I bot­tled up my feel­ings so much that it reached a point when I had a panic at­tack on live TV pre­sent­ing the Na­tional Lot­tery. Since my ordeal, I’ve learned to man­age it by reach­ing out for help and talk­ing about it. A prob­lem shared is a prob­lem halved.

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