LOOSE Women star Kacey Ainsworth has opened up about her partner’s struggle with mental health during a discussion on the ITV show.
The former EastEnders actress is a guest panellist on Loose Women and was back on the show on Monday where the women had a discussion on mental health centred around Ant McPartlin leaving rehab.
Little Mo actress Kacey opened up about her partner’s battle with depression and with self-medication, revealing that he came close to taking his own life unable to see a way out of the “big dark hole” he was in.
She told the show: “My partner has had clinical depression, and the way he describes it is he’s at the bottom of a big dark hole and he’s looking up, and everyone is throwing in ropes.
“There’s people like his mum and dad, and brother and sisters, throwing down these ropes but he can’t get up and reach those ropes.”
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She continued: “He was really…he didn’t tell anybody. He self-medicated. It’s ridiculous but that’s what they do. He would do that rather than go and get help.”
The 48 year old explained that her partner now has counselling, as well as counselling along with her, and needed to work out what was “going on” in order to beat it.
When asked what prompted his decision to seek help, Kacey bravely answered: “Being suicidal again. Getting to that point thinking ‘I’ve got children’.”
The episode wasn’t the first time Kacey has drawn on personal experience during a discussion.
During her debut on the show, the actress opened up about being groomed as a child during a production.
She revealed: “I started work in the 1970s, I was 8 at the time when I started working. What I realise now is that paedophiles work in plain sight. Maybe tickle you, single you out. And this is kind of what happened to me.
“It was in a production and it was very inappropriate what he was doing. I felt it was inappropriate at the time but because it was in front of everybody it kind of normalised it.”
“The tickling was inappropriate and then he would take me to more and more private places. And that’s what happens. It’s predatory, it’s incremental.
“You kind of don’t understand what they’re doing and when things start moving forward you then freeze. You don’t know what to do, you don’t know who to tell and you don’t know what to say.”
Loose Women continues weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.