Carlin Sterritt, who won the heart of The Bachelorette’s Angie Kent, has opened up about his struggles with mental health for the first time.
Taking to Instagram, the 30-year-old said he was unaware he was struggling with “severe depression and anxiety” until he was diagnosed by a doctor.
Over the weekend, the reality star wrote on Instagram:
“It’s so easy to portray a happy, “blessed”, fun, easy going life on social media… but what people don’t see is the storm that we can have in our minds, the depression and anxiety that we struggle with daily.
“It’s even harder being in the public eye,” he continued.
“People think they know you from your 15 minutes on TV. Will make up their minds about your whole character and even go out of their way to tell you how much they dislike you, without even scratching the surface of who you really are.”
He encouraged his 131, 000 followers to seek help if they were struggling during isolation.
“It took my doctor to tell me I suffer with severe depression and anxiety only months ago, for me to seek help.
“No this doesn’t need to be spread on social media and no this isn’t a pity party, it’s a raise for awareness!
“It’s difficult times right now with the physical isolation but please, PLEASE don’t keep it isolated and in the dark. Talk to someone, reach out for help! @beyondblueofficial 1300 22 4636.”
The post has received lots of love and support, including from his girlfriend Angie Kent who left a love heart emoji.
Angie’s former Gogglebox partner Yvie Jones also commented saying:
“Well said and good on you lovely!!! We must take good care of ourselves and mental health is paramount. Therapists are the bloody bomb!!! Great post and lots of love to you Carlin xx”
If you need to talk to someone, contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or beyondblue.org.au