I'm a Celebrity stars praised for frank discussion on mental health

Rebekah Vardy and Iain Lee discussed suffering from suicidal thoughts

Emmy Griffiths

I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! contestants Rebekah Vardy and Iain Lee have been praised by viewers following their frank discussion on the importance of mental health. During a candid conversation in the jungle, the pair spoke to each other about their experiences of suffering from suicidal thoughts. Referring to his radio show, Iain said: "We have phone-ins and we try and extract stories from the people that call in, we talk a lot about mental health and depression… I've had suicidal thoughts in the past. It is the biggest killer of men, suicide, between 30-45."

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Iain and Rebecca talked about their struggle with mental health

Rebekah added: "You draw from experience, don't you. I tried it when I was younger, when I was 14," to which Iain replied: "Wow, that's incredible, I'm sorry to hear that. It breaks my heart to think that as a 14-year-old you would consider doing something like that, but it is really common. Did you get help?" Becky responded by commenting how much attitudes towards mental health have changed, explaining: "Because when I was that age it was something that was pushed under the carpet and it had such a bad effect on me and I made such horrific decisions in life, and I got to a point after I had my second child where it just hit me, and it does because you can’t run from it forever and that is what I was doing. I had really bad post-natal depression with my second. It's like Pandora's Box opens and when it opens you have to deal with it."

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Viewers praised the pair

Viewers took to Twitter to praise the conversation, with one writing: "Iain Lee - respect for talking about anxiety and chronic shyness. Honesty is way more admirable than saying men shouldn't cry," while another added: "@iainlee and @RebekahVardy talking openly about suicidal thoughts and depression is… huge by the way, you both have my love, gratitude and eternal respect."

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