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Suzanne Shaw opens up on 18-year struggle with depression and anxiety

Amy Johnson
·2 min read
Suzanne Shaw arriving at The National Lottery Awards 2017 at The London Studios on September 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Claire Greenway/Getty Images)
Suzanne Shaw has discussed her struggles with depression and anxiety. (Claire Greenway/Getty Images)

Suzanne Shaw has said she's "struggled" with depression and anxiety for nearly two decades.

The former Hear'Say singer said she has managed to get rid of the "self-loathing" she previously felt by cutting out alcohol.

“I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety for more than 18 years,” Shaw, 39, told Runner's World magazine

“But it was only recently that I felt ready to open up about it because I wanted things to change.

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Suzanne Shaw arrives at the National Film Awards 2018 at the Porchester Hall. (Photo by Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Suzanne Shaw said she has managed to get rid of the 'self-loathing' she previously felt by cutting out alcohol. (Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

“For years, I had been hoping my mental health issues would just go away, but it never happened; instead, I was having more dark days.”

The ex-Emmerdale star said she used drink as a "quick fix" when she was feeling anxious, leading to her giving it up for a year.

“I became an ambassador for One Year No Beer, where there is a supportive community while you are on its programme," she said. 

"Not only do I now not have hangovers, I also don’t have the self-loathing I had before."

Hear'Say, (from left) Noel Sullivan, Myleene Klass, Suzanne Shaw, Kym Marsh and Danny Foster pictured in 2002. (Photo by Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Hear'Say, (from left) Noel Sullivan, Myleene Klass, Suzanne Shaw, Kym Marsh and Danny Foster, pictured in 2002. (Yui Mok – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

Shaw found fame in music group Hear'Say, formed on 2001 show Popstars, and went on to establish herself in musical theatre with roles in Summer Holiday, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Rocky Horror Show.

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She won the third series of Dancing On Ice in 2008 and went on to take part in the All Stars series in 2014.

Shaw has two sons: Corey, 16, with ex Darren Day, and Rafferty, five, with partner Sam Greenfield.

With additional reporting by PA.

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