Peter Andre reveals years of 'therapy and medication' was 'hell' as he opens up about mental health battle
PETER Andre has opened up on his "hellish years of therapy," as he calls on the UK government to offer more support.
On World Mental Health Day, Peter shared a post on Instagram, calling on fans to remember that "mental health is real" and to "show support" for anyone struggling.
A fan then commented with their own story, admitting it "wasn't okay" and they were under pressure to keep working to stay afloat financially and unable to find support.
Pete replied: "I really want the government to give more support to this.
"After years of therapy and medication I made it through, but it was HELL.
"I'm with you and hope you know millions are supporting this. We just need more from our government."
Pete's original comment read: "It’s ok not to be ok.
"Mental health is real. Ironically it’s not a figment of our imagination.
"I’ve been there for years and incredibly grateful to have come out the other side. But millions haven’t. Plse show support."
The father of four has previously discussed the "crippling anxiety" he faced at the peak of his career in the late 1990s.
Peter revealed in 2019 that he had been hospitalised after suffering a mental health breakdown and suffered for over ten years.
The Mysterious Girl singer said: "I ended up in all sorts of hospitals, on medication and with different therapists."
Speaking on to Irish chat host Ray D'Arcy, he explained: "When you talk to people now and you talk about anxiety and you talk about breakdowns and things like that, some people look at it like a weakness.
"Some people look at it like a taboo – but the truth is, it's so real. So many people are going through it.
"I went through it for years. It was a moment, it was in 1998. I was at the top of everything and all of a sudden it just hit me like a tonne of bricks."
He added: "I couldn't function. I couldn't think straight. I was having panic attacks. I ended up in all sorts of hospitals, on medication, different therapists."
Pete is married to NHS doctor Emily MacDonagh, and the pair have two children .
He also two children, Princess and Junior, with ex-wife Katie Price.
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