GEORDIE Shore's Bethan Kershaw broke down in tears as she filmed herself "having a break down" before announcing time away from Instagram.
The 26-year-old star said that she was struggling to cope and had no choice but to "let people down" after a difficult Mental Health Awareness Week.
Bethan was in obvious distress as she filmed herself wearing just a towel on her Instagram Story – make-up free, and with her blonde hair tied back.
She explained that she was due to work in just four minutes, before screaming into pillows and admitting she's "overwhelmed".
The TV favourite told followers: "I am going to have a break down. I'm literally going to have a break down."
Chuckling to herself, Bethan burst into song as she went on: "I'll tell you why I'm having a break down, I am going to break down because people won't leave me the f**k alone."
She took some deep breaths before beginning to sob.
Bethan cried as she continued: "I literally can't take it anymore, I am so, so overwhelmed with how many people try and contact me in a day.
"It's f**king just too much, man. It's too much for one person to deal with.
"I'm meant to be filming in four minutes."
Shaking her head, Bethan attempted to compose herself before telling fans: "I think it's only right for me to do a little video now to explain that at the minute I am struggling mentally.
"I don't know whether it's because I'm talking about it a lot, it's Mental Health Awareness Week, I just don't know, I don't know, I don't know.
"But I am going to take some time off, recuperate, get the energy back. Sometimes, you've got to let people down."
Bethan then penned a lengthy statement, which she added to her Story.
She started off by thanking her friends, family, and followers for supporting her before apologising for cancelled work commitments.
Bethan added: "Mental Health Month was supposed to be a massively busy time for me and I was so looking forward to reaching out to as many people as possible, to help uplift them and even just let them know they aren't alone in this.
You’re Not Alone
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
- Movember, www.uk.movember.com
- Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk, 03444 775 774 Monday-Friday 9.30am-10pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am-8pm
"I don't know if this has been a trigger for me, or just how the world works sometimes, but I've taken a dip in my own mental health and therefore I don't think it would be true to myself or fair to others if I pretended I was okay because this is the stigma I'm trying to break.
"It's okay to not be okay as long as you recognise it and get all the help you may need. I really hope I can continue to help people, regardless of what month it is."
She then wrote: "I hope you all understand that even I sometimes need a break to recharge. You can't pour from an empty glass and that's exactly how I've been feeling the past couple of weeks.
"I'm going to take some time to recharge, focus on myself, and work on improving my own mental health. I'll be back, hopefully feeling better than ever!"
Contact the Samaritans
If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article contact The Samaritans on 116 123. They are available for free at anytime.
Or email https://www.samaritans.org/
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