Suzanne Shaw says she has ‘struggled’ with depression and anxiety

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Suzanne Shaw has said she has “struggled” with depression and anxiety for nearly two decades.

The former Emmerdale actress and ex-Hear’Say singer told the Runner’s World magazine she gave up alcohol for a year and has since got rid of the feeling of “self-loathing” she had before.

“I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety for more than 18 years,” Shaw, 39, said.

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“But it was only recently that I felt ready to open up about it because I wanted things to change.

“For years, I had been hoping my mental health issues would just go away, but it never happened; instead, I was having more dark days.”

She added she gave up alcohol for a year after developing an “unhealthy” relationship with it.

“Along with eating rubbish and hiding away when I was anxious, I would turn to drink as a quick fix,” she said.

“I became an ambassador for One Year No Beer, where there is a supportive community while you are on its programme.

“Not only do I now not have hangovers, I also don’t have the self-loathing I had before.”

Read the full Suzanne Shaw interview in the April issue of Runner’s World UK, on sale now.