Sheridan Smith candidly reveals fears her mental health struggles would return after giving birth

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Sheridan Smith has candidly opened up on her mental health and how she feared she would struggle with it once again after giving birth.

The 39 year old actress, who had roles in Cilla, Mrs Biggs and Gavin and Stacey, welcomed baby boy Billy with her partner Jamie during lockdown.

And now, ahead of her ITV documentary release, which is set to focus on her journey into motherhood, Sheridan has shared her mental health fears.

Sheridan explained she was worried the mental health struggles she experienced when her father died in 2016 could make a reappearance during her pregnancy or after giving birth.

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She said: “My dad died and I think things that I hadn’t dealt with caused the big explosion, mentally. It was like a bomb went off in my head.

“Now I feel like I’ve got a second chance at life.

“It’s such a huge thing to have a baby. If you’ve had a mental health issue in the past, you worry it will rear its ugly head again. I would hate for the wheels to come off.”

Speaking to Mirror Online, Sheridan revealed she is thoroughly enjoying motherhood.

The stunning actress, who has been snapped out and about with Jamie since giving birth, said: “It’s the best feeling in the world! I mean, I’ve left it later in life but I think it’s probably the right thing. I wasn’t ready before I met Jamie and now I’ve got this little family and I just feel – I can’t explain it – like a contentment, a calm.

“Maybe I was looking for something in the wrong places and now I feel like I’ve found it in this little boy.”

Sheridan revealed she had been more candid then ever before about her mental health issues.

She revealed: “I speak about things that I have never spoken about before – not even to my family and loved ones. There are things revealed that I had been too ashamed or embarrassed to say before, or I’d never felt it the right time to say.

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“But I thought, if I’m going on this journey for other women who feel like that, then I need to be completely honest about what’s happened in my life.”

The actress also gushed over her partner Jamie, who has supported her through the pregnancy and birth.

She said: “Jamie has been just amazing. He’s been my rock through everything. It’s really since I met Jamie that I started on my road to recovery.

“It’s also hard for him because if you don’t have experience of it, you have to learn quickly and he’s been reading up on mental health and knowing how to deal with someone who’s had those issues in the past.

“He knows me better than I know myself now. He knows if I’m getting anxious. He can read me so well.”

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