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Jasmine Harman opens up about mum's mental health condition: 'I felt ashamed and isolated'

The A Place In The Sun star spoke openly on Instagram

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Melanie Macleod
Wellness Editor
May 17, 2022
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A Place In The Sun star Jasmine Harman spoke bravely about her mum's mental health on Instagram on Monday.

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To mark Hoarding Awareness Week, Jasmine shared a photo of herself and her mum, captioned: "Today is the start of Hoarding Awareness Week, which I am very proud to support. Many of you may have seen the documentaries I made with my mum and other people struggling with Hoarding Disorder, and may know at the time I set up a website called Help For Hoarders.

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"Over 10 years later, the website is being re-named as Hoarding Support, please head over if you are affected by hoarding behaviour; either your own or someone else's and get support from our wonderful online community," Jasmine continued.

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What is hoarding disorder?

Hoarding disorder is described by The World Health Organisation as the "accumulation of possessions due to excessive acquisition of, or difficulty discarding possessions, regardless of their actual value".

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Jasmine Harman's mum has hoarding disorder

It adds: "Accumulation of possessions results in living spaces becoming cluttered to the point that their use or safety is compromised.

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"The symptoms result in significant distress or significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning."

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Jasmine Harman helps support people with hoarding disorder

Jasmine opened up about her mum's health condition on the Hoarders support website: "Having lived with my Mum's chronic hoarding problems through much of my life, I felt ashamed and isolated. When mum bravely agreed to appear in the BBC1 documentaries My Hoarder Mum and Me and Britain's Biggest Hoarders, thousands of people reached out to me, and all of a sudden we were no longer alone."

Jasmine's followers sent words of encouragement to the star, with messages of support reading: "A very worthy cause for a real problem. You're a wonderful daughter, wife and mother, Jasmine, full of compassion for others," and: "I remember that documentary and you were brilliant, always thought it was a brave decision to do it."

Find out more about Hoarding Support.

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