Phillip Schofield Credits Co-Host Holly Willoughby For Help Through 'Darkest Times'

Sep 25, 2020 by apost team

English television presenter Phillip Schofield, 58, says that the people who have been helping him in his struggle with depression are his family and his co-presenter Holly Willoughby. Schofield revealed Thursday, September 24 on This Morning that his mental health brought him to “dark and scary” places since coming out as gay.

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The host of This Morning, Phillip Schofield, opened up about being in a "dark and scary place" during an emotional talk about mental health on Thursday's edition of the show, which he co-hosts with Holly Willoughby. Speaking to Simon Gunning, the CEO of Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), Schofield explained:

"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. "

He added that it's "surprising" how one may think they "have a grip on everything" and then their heads take them to "dark and scary places." In response to Gunning's statement on loved ones being "instrumental in helping" someone get through depression, Schofield says that there is "no question" that he needs it, pointing to Willoughby and saying that she's one of the people who has "helped him enormously." That also includes his wife Stephanie Lowe and his two daughters Ruby and Molly.

"I realize not everyone is as lucky as I am to have sympathetic ears to listen to," noted Schofield.

On February 7th, 2020, Schofield came out as gay via a statement posted on his Instagram story, followed up by an interview on This Morning, stating that "with the strength and support of my wife and my daughters, I have been coming to terms with the fact that I am gay", as reported by BBC.

He wrote,

"Please please, no matter your age or your thoughts, TALK to someone, don't let your head beat you and hopefully you'll find out that your friends & family have a remarkable ability to surprise you with their love and understanding."

According to the Office for National Statistics (UK), the suicide rate for men in England and Wales in 2019 was the highest for 20 years as official figures show. The data, which was published earlier this month, has found there were 5,691 suicides registered, with men accounting for over 75 percent of them.

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If you or anybody you know is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, please call Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free, and confidential support for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

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