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Studio 10 newsreader Natasha Exelby's mental health confession live on air


Studio 10 host makes an alarming mental health confession live on air as she admits she spent an entire day crying ‘for no reason’

Studio 10 newsreader Natasha Exelby spoke bravely about her mental health struggles on Thursday.

The 34-year-old admitted she’d ‘spent hours and hours’ crying on Sunday ‘for no reason’ and that she’d ‘danced the depression devil’ for years.

She made the admission while speaking to host Tristan MacManus about R U OK? Day, a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that every day is the day to ask, “Are you okay?” and support those struggling with life’s ups and downs.

Studio 10 host Natasha Exelby spoke bravely about her mental health struggles on Thursday

Studio 10 host Natasha Exelby spoke bravely about her mental health struggles on Thursday

When Tristan asked Natasha how she was doing, she said she was doing ‘great’ that day, but if he’d asked her on Sunday she would have said no.

‘I cried for hours and hours for no reason [on Sunday],’ she added.

‘I think R U OK? Day is so important. I’ve been deliberately pretty open with the fact that I’ve danced with the depression devil for 24 years.

‘I hope we don’t just do this [talk openly about mental health] as a one-off.’

‘Mental illness is an illness,’ she continued. ‘If I have to have a day off because I have tonsillitis, I’ve got to have a day off because I’m fighting depression.

‘We’ve come a long way, but we’ve still got a long way to go.’

The 34-year-old admitted she'd 'spent hours and hours' crying on Sunday 'for no reason' and that she'd 'danced the depression devil' for years

The 34-year-old admitted she’d ‘spent hours and hours’ crying on Sunday ‘for no reason’ and that she’d ‘danced the depression devil’ for years 

The journalist has previously been open about her mental health problems. 

She said in November she was ‘hanging out with insomnia quite a bit lately’ but ‘hoping it’s just a fling’.

While she insisted she was ‘okay’, Natasha said she wanted people to know they are ‘not alone’ in their struggles.

She explained that in recent years she’d battled post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after covering war zones in the Middle East.

When asked by host Tristan MacManus how she was doing, Natasha said she was doing 'great' that day, but if he'd asked her on Sunday she would have said no

When asked by host Tristan MacManus how she was doing, Natasha said she was doing ‘great’ that day, but if he’d asked her on Sunday she would have said no

‘I want people to know they’re not alone… get help, the sunshine does come,’ she said.

That same month, Natasha opened up about her mental health in an Instagram post, saying she’d been on medication and in therapy for major depression for years.

The TV personality, who was first diagnosed with depression when she was just 15, compared her experience to ‘drowning’.

Natasha said she wanted people to know they are 'not alone' in their struggles

Natasha said she wanted people to know they are ‘not alone’ in their struggles 

‘In a time when depression, anxiety and self-harm are at record highs, I thought it might be helpful to show, that if you do feel like you’re drowning, you are not alone,’ she wrote.

‘I was diagnosed with major depression at 15 and been on meds ever since and consistent psychiatric therapy and exercise,’ she added.

‘You will never be fully cured, but I promise, there is light at the end of the tunnel… even if it’s a long tunnel!

‘I hope that if you’re reading this and feeling helpless or know someone who is, it will encourage you to get the help you deserve.’

If you or anyone you know is struggling, contact Lifeline or Beyond Blue

Natasha (pictured on I'm a Celebrity) previously opened up about her mental health in an Instagram post, saying she'd been on medication and in therapy for major depression for years

Natasha (pictured on I’m a Celebrity) previously opened up about her mental health in an Instagram post, saying she’d been on medication and in therapy for major depression for years 

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