Jamelia is incredibly brave to be so honest on national TV

Loose Women supported Mental Health Awareness Week with Jamelia sharing her heartbreaking experience with depression, that saw the singer get teary-eyed.

Speaking to the panel, she admitted to refusing medication and instead using therapy to identify what triggers her bouts of depression.

‘I was so consumed with sadness. Every day tasks like making breakfast for my kids – particularly as a single mother – became really tough,’ she said on Thursday’s show.

The star then apologised to the audience as she began to cry.

‘I’m sorry… In the end, I went to see my doctor who offered me antidepressants – and for me that was a huge turning point. No offence to anyone who does take them, but I didn’t want to be medicated. I had therapy instead.

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‘That helped me to become aware of what my triggers are. Now I know when I’m in that zone. It can happen very quickly. But now I’m aware of it, I can manage it. I cannot afford to get into that hole again.’

She revealed that there are certain events that trigger her bouts of depression, like someone letting her down when it comes to her children to getting upset by someone.

Jamelia added: ‘I can easily slip into that zone and convince myself that nobody cares about me.’

Loose Women hosts their own mental health campaign called Lighten The Load – a campaign supported by suicide-prevention and mental health charity Samaritans.

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The initiative aims to encourage viewers to look after their mental health and share their worries with other people.

Jamelia was incredibly brave to open up about her experience. Major props Jamelia!