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Kerry Katona: 'It's about time we got rid of mental health stigma'

Kerry Katona is still battling against a "stigma" that has been attached to her since she revealed her mental health battles.

Kerry Katona isn't ashamed to admit she's still on medication for her bipolar disorder.

The Atomic Kitten singer has struggled with her mental health for many years, and infamously took part in an interview on U.K. TV show This Morning back in 2008 where she slurred her words and worried fans with her behaviour.

Now, over eight years on, Kerry is healthier and happier than ever, but still finds herself at the receiving end of nasty comments about her former appearance on the show.

"It was eight years ago that I was on the famous couch, the infamous interview, me slurring and that was due to medication, pure medication," she said as she returned to the This Morning couch on Tuesday (18Apr17).

"Even now I have episodes where I talk a million miles an hour and then I go really down. I’m still on medication and I’m not ashamed to admit that. But there’s no harm, I don’t think, in asking for that kind of help.

"But since that infamous interview, I’m still ridiculed. There’s still a stigma attached to me. I’m still climbing that ladder to get rid of that stigma. It’s about we got rid of this grey area and this stigma of mental health."

Looking glowing and fresh-faced as she chatted to husband and wife duo Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, Kerry promised she has turned her life around since her dark days of alcohol and drug abuse.

She has recently rekindled her relationship with husband George Kay, and said she's relishing every aspect of her new life.

"I feel amazing. And I've got to say, this phase of my life I've never had so many wonderful compliments, 'You're looking really well. You're glowing'," Kerry smiled.

The 36-year-old also joined This Morning's Be Kind anti-bullying campaign in a bid to change the way people look at mental health.

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