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Love Island’s Megan Barton-Hanson reveals she suffered from depression


The blonde bombshell’s profile skyrocketed as soon as she entered the Love Island villa last summer. 

Megan Barton-Hanson became an overnight success after appearing on the show, instantly becoming a role model to young women across the UK. 

The 25-year-old never shies away from speaking honestly about the hardships of fame and has spoken out in the past about her experiences with cyber-bullying and body-shaming. 

Now, the reality star has bravely lifted the lid on her struggles with mental health. 

Chatting with Heat Magazine, the glamour model revealed that after a breakup two years ago, she battled depression

In the interview, she confessed that she “wanted to give up”, and was having suicidal thoughts in the wake of the relationship break down. 

Speaking out in support of the Where’s Your Head At? campaign, the former Islander hoped to stamp down on the perceived taboo around mental illness.  

The campaign seeks to change certain laws in the UK to further protect people’s mental health

BRAVE: Megan opened up about the reality of her battle with mental health (Pic: INSTAGRAM / MEGAN BARTON HANSON)

INSTAGRAM / MEGAN BARTON HANSON

LOVE ISLAND: Megan appeared on the reality dating series in 2018 (Pic: ITV)

She said:  ”I found it so difficult to open up because I just thought, ‘Am I crazy? Am I mental?’… I hate saying that because I think that’s where all the stigma comes from.

“I just felt like I wanted to give up like there weren’t any positive times, there weren’t any sad times, I just felt a whole cloud over me of just like numbness and nothingness.

Before adding: ”I remember crying to my mum and saying basically, ‘I really am not happy, I don’t wanna be here anymore’.”

Megan, who recently split from Love Island beau Wes Nelson, revealed that she was speaking out about her dark times to let others know that its normal to sometimes feel “down or anxious”. 

INSTAGRAM / MEGAN BARTON HANSON

HONEST: Megan let her fans know that its okay to feel down or anxious (Pic: YOUTUBE)

INSTAGRAM / MEGAN BARTON HANSON

SHOWING SUPPORT: Megan spoke out in honour of the Where’s Your Head At? campaign (Pic: GETTY)

The Essex-born lass recommends yoga and meditation as a method for anxiety-relief, admitting that these mindful habits have helped her during emotional low points. 

She also credited therapy in improving her mental health: “Trust me, the way I felt two years ago, if I managed to pull myself out, you can definitely do the same!”

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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