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Health Cluster Bulletin, oPt, May-June 2020 Volunteer paramedic Sabreen won’t ever forget the …
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Reviews / ‘Public health in public hands’

Reviews / ‘Public health in public hands’. Our reviewer Neil Riddell was impressed by Miriam Brett’s first time appearance on the BBC Question Time …
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‘I still have dark days full of confusion’: Phillip Schofield says his mental health is ‘a work in …

Phillip Schofield has revealed his mental health is still ‘a work in progress’ after publicly coming out in February. The presenter, 58, explained he takes medication and has regular therapy sessions, and ‘still doubts’ his decision to reveal his sexuality. Phillip – who has admitted the secret of his sexuality ‘was going to give him a breakdown’ – has spoken candidly about struggling to accept his sexuality for the first time in his memoir Life’s What You Make It. Phillip said: ‘My mental health is still a work in progress. I talk regularly to a professional team who tell me that everything will be okay. ‘Sometimes I have my doubts. If I’m totally honest with you, as I’ve said before, it’s not in my nature to hurt people and so, with that in mind, I’m finding it hard to pick my way through the debris.  ‘Is there a way to reveal a secret like this to the world and not hurt your wife or your family? The answer is obviously not. But we are close and loving. We’ll get through. ‘Am I struggling with it all? Very much. I’m wearing new clothes, but they don’t quite fit. Maybe I’ll grow into them. ‘I still have dark days full of confusion, days when wading through life would be easier if the water wasn’t at chest height.’ It comes after Phillip admitted he pulled out of This Morning filming while struggling with his sexuality. Speaking on Thursday’s The One Show, Phillip said: ‘I had to come out. If I didn’t, the secret was going to give me a total breakdown… at best.’ Detailing his decision to pull out of filming, he said: ‘I sat alone in the flat, staring at the walls, as This Morning started on the other side of London.  ‘It was a very stupid thing to do… all my closest friends knew how ragged my head was but no one except Steph knew why.’ Phillip made the decision to come out in February when he shared an emotional Instagram statement with his followers, before being interviewed by co-host Holly just moments later. Explaining the turmoil that led to his public coming out interview, Phil revealed he ‘sobbed quietly in the dark’ while watching the New Year’s Eve fireworks just weeks prior. While he would tell colleagues his weekend was ‘fine’, Phil admitted the reality was he would stare at the flames in the fire and ‘wish they were consuming him’, as he detailed some of the dark places his mind went to. In the autobiography, Phil revealed he became ‘increasingly aware’ of his sexuality over the past five years, and his wife was made aware at the same time. He also confided in his two daughters Molly, 27, and Ruby, 24, but claimed he ‘felt sick’ before opening up to them about his sexuality. 
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