The Saturdays’ Frankie Sandford could be forgiven for putting her feet up a little considering she’s now seven months pregnant. But no, since first bravely opening up about her own battle with mental health issues last year she’s still as passionate as ever about fighting their stigma.
The Saturdays’ band member has joined forces with charities Mind and ReThink for their It’s Time To Talk campaign, which aims to get more people to speak out if they’re suffering from mental illnesses.
Sharing an Instagram photo of her sporting a heart-shaped fake tattoo earlier this week, Frankie captioned the snap: “Hanging out at @thisisglobal with my new tattoo! @TimetoChange #TimeToTalk.”
As the face of their new mental health campaign, the 24-year-old singer told BBC Radio 1 that fiancé footballer Wayne Bridge was a huge support when she fought anxiety and depression and has confessed that it was a “relief” when she told her bandmates how she felt.
“[They were] really unfazed,” she admitted. “I thought it was going to be this big thing because I’d built it up so much. But they were all just like, ‘OK cool,’ and they were just there for me if I did have a panic attack or if I was feeling down. The same as you’d hope your friends would be if you were having a bad day.”
Frankie’s also offered advice for people who believe a friend or family member may be suffering in silence. “Send a text, saying how are you today, or just meet up for coffee, so they are not on their own… just let them know you’re there for them and that you care“ she explained.
Want to help Frankie spread the message too? Log on to time-to-change.org.uk or tweet #Timetotalk to offer your support.
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By Lydia Southern
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