Coronation Street star Samia Longchambon has opened up about her mental health after she suffered an ‘awful’ panic attack when she was on the way to film Celebrity Juice.
To mark World Mental Health Day, the actress explained to her Instagram followers that she was in tears during the entire journey to the studio in London.
In a lengthy post, Samia shared a snap of her on the Celeb Juice set along with the caption: ‘As it’s World Mental Health Day I thought I would share something.’
‘I took this selfie during a break when I was filming Celebrity Juice last year,’ she began.
‘What I didn’t tell anyone when I was filming the show that day was that I’d had an awful panic attack on the train on the way down to London, I’d been in tears the whole journey, so much so that the lovely train manager kept bringing me tissues and water and asking if I was ok.
‘He was so lovely to me, I’ll never forget his kindness.’
Samia, who plays hair stylist Maria Connor in Corrie, went on to add that despite worrying that she couldn’t do the show, she was so glad she did it.
She continued: ‘I didn’t think I’d be able to do an upbeat show like Celeb Juice feeling the way I felt but I did it because the thought of letting everyone down wasn’t an option, I would’ve just felt even worse.
‘And after I’d done it I felt loads better, it actually took my mind off things and I had fun, as I always do with Keith Lemon.’
‘I guess my point is that nobody knows when someone else might be struggling,’ she concluded.
‘The signs aren’t always obvious and behind someone’s smile you never know what they might have going on. #bekind shouldn’t just be a trendy hashtag.. it should be something we all can do for others. Hope everyone reading this is ok.. and if you’re not, I hope you can talk to someone about it.. it really does help to talk.’
Samia’s co-stars were quick to comment on her post, with many praising her bravery for speaking out.
Lucy-Jo Hudson, who played Katy Harris in the soap told her: ‘Proud of you for opening up Sammy, it’s not easy, but so many people will be able to relate to your story! You’re doing amazing, love you always xxx.’
Kate Ford, who plays Tracy Barlow added: ‘Love to you my friend. I’m so glad that we can talk so openly to each other. I’m blessed to know you x.’
Charlie Condou who played Maria’s ex Marcus Dent simply said: ‘Love you Sam.’
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