Comedian Jason Manford has revealed he is 'struggling' with his battle with depression and anxiety.
The 37-year-old comic has spoken out in a brutally honest Facebook video, after fans of the comedian had questioned why he had taken a back step from social media recently.
Posting on his page on the social media site, Jason said that he was 'struggling mentally' and was having difficulty battling his mental health issues.
Jason admitted that it had taken a while for him to be able to speak openly about the issues he was facing.
The dad-of-five also took aim at social media sites, saying that they have compounded the mental health of many people.
Speaking in the video, Jason said: "Even down to just comparing your life, you see people saying what they're up to, what they're doing and their house always seems lovely and tidy and the kids seem well behaved and they always look nice and slim, there are lots of reasons you compare yourself to them."
Jason also opened up about the guilt he felt for suffering with anxiety and depression, when he had a happy and comfortable life.
The dad-of-five said that men in particular don't talk about their problems and spoke of his guilt over having anxiety and depression when he has an otherwise happy life.
"When I was at my worst and my lowest and I felt like I'd let my kids down and felt like I couldn't do my job anymore, I suffer from anxiety and depression – and they're not traditional comedy subjects for a comedian to talk about – but I do and it's really hard, really hard sometimes.
"Then I feel stupid because I think how dare you with your lovely life, Jason, and your lovely kids and lovely wife and your parents are still alive, and all these things to be grateful for, how dare you feel bad about your life."
One of the coping mechanisms he has been using over the past few months was a piece of advice that Jason wanted to share with his followers, in the hope that it could help others.
Jason continued: "Somebody said to me 'just because you're struggling doesn't mean you're failing'. Think about that for a second, they're two different things.
"So I think if I can say that to you here on social media to hundreds and thousands of people then the next time you're struggling maybe say it to someone you love."
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