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Love Island star Megan Barton Hanson has opened up about living with depression, revealing the extent to which her mental health has affected her life.
Megan became a breakout star of the ITV2 reality show earlier this year, pairing with Wes Nelson in the series eventually won by Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham.
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In this new interview, the reality star candidly spoke about her mental health, musician Hussain Manawer (via MailOnline): "I have struggled with this on and off throughout my life. Depression.
"I remember even this year in January, I was on the sofa with my asking for permission. Asking, 'Can I kill myself?'
"And there was nothing she could do. She told me to call 111. It's the worst thing watching someone you love suffer. You can't help someone who doesn't want to help, they can't see the light. "
Megan continued: "I think it needs to be spoken about. I have been in that situation, like, helplessness, when my mom and I said, 'What can I do for you? And, more than that, there would be more hope. "
The reality star also spoke about how he was initially hesitant about going on Love Island and feared that she would not find a boyfriend, but she found that the show improved her mental health.
"Helping others is what makes my heart feel full," she continued. "I get so many DMs from women saying I'm going to help out. I have so much passion and it makes me feel good.
"Only since being on Love Island have I been able to fill that [happiness] void. In there, there were no social media, no money, no outside influences. You're just with people. They feel love for you and your character. You're so stripped back. You're limited on alcohol, there are no phones, no distractions. That really did help me, I think. "
Love Island airs on ITV2.
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