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Famously depressed: Helen Flanagan explains her pride in not eating a turkey’s anus

by | 2nd, December 2012

HELEN Flanagan says, “I WANTED TO KILL MYSELF” on the Sun’s front page. Flanagan is the former Coronation Street actress with the chest of a sex siren and the eyes that indicate inner workings amazed by toast. Dressed in a bikini and turning her arm to best display a Marilyn Monroe tattoo on her wrist, “the I’m A Celebrity star was pushed to the point of no return by a secret depression she believes she has now overcome”.

For anyone vapid celebrity wishing to carve out a career in reality TV and tabloids surviving depression is a must. The star’s back catalogues should also include: bullying (victim is better but perpetrator can be ok so long as she soon becomes a victim), insecurity (“I hated my breasts when I was 8” etc.), a sex tape, a footballer, the ability to talk about being bi-polar as if everyone knows what you’re talking about and a cancer scare.

Says the Sun :

She recalled her fear of humiliating herself in the bushtucker trials — and of her final dark days in Coronation Street.

Yeah. Being seen by the producers of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! as the kind of person who might eat a turkey’s anus on the magic box and then failing to rise to challenge brought Helen to the edge of the great unknown – what the sensitive Sun calls the “point of no return”. Only, she did return. She is no longer what the Daily Mail would call “nuts” and a “ticking time-bomb “. This revelation would have had more impact had Brian Conley not quit the jungle because he felt ill. He had not taken the anti-depression tablets he’d been using for 15 years.

Conley has suffered from mental illness. He seeks not to advertises the fact. He seeks to play it down. The Mirror reported:

Brian, who has previously suffered from depression, said: “”I want everyone to know that I’m back on top form, fighting fit and delighted to be back with my family. I’ve read all the messages sent to my Twitter account and have been genuinely touched by all the kind words and good wishes. I really want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I’ll be back soon making you all laugh.”

Good on him. Depression is not a a tick box a celebrity wish list. It’s bloody awful. Anyone who has lived with it and lived with a sufferer will understand. Now move on. Depression is not well enough understood . It is an illness. It is not something you

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