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Matt Johnson opens up on his battle with suicidal thoughts

Matt Johnson has opened up about his depression struggles as part of Mental Health Awareness Week .

Former This Morning presenter Matt Johnson has admitted he considered taking his life due to depression.

The Welshman is known to millions of television fans for his brooding good looks and cheeky chappie persona, but in private the 34-year-old has had to deal with depression and dark thoughts.

Joining the Loose Women panel to mark Mental Health Awareness Week on Wednesday afternoon (10May17), Matt, who’s an ambassador for mental health charity Mind, spoke openly about his struggles.

“Times weren’t so great for me. At the time it was a secret thing I kept to myself,” he shared. “It was something I didn’t understand it was a slow build. What’s interesting about any kind of mental illness, it has no prejudice.

“It was December 23, the date it happened. I went to Spain to try and cleanse myself. I had really good intentions, I was going to go running and eat lovely food. (But) it turned out to be the rainy week in Spain.

“You know what the (drinks) measures are like in Spain, I hit the bottle heavily and it was a downward spiral.”

Matt then considered jumping from his balcony, but stopped himself before it was too late.

“For me it was the sense of control I had in the moment,” he admitted.

“I made the decision in my drunken state. I had my leg ready but I felt in control again. I hadn’t felt that way for years and I thought, I want more of this. I want to feel this more.”

Fans flocked to Twitter to praise the presenter's honesty, with users calling him out for his bravery and dubbing him an inspiration.

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