MIC’s JP Patterson opens up about his struggles with mental illness

He may be known for breaking Binky Felsted's heart before becoming her fully-fledged boyfriend on Made In Chelsea, but it seems JP Patterson is using his new found fame for a good cause. 

We all know how important it is for public figures to openly discuss their mental health issues in order to reduce the stigmatisation of mental illness, so we are giving JP major props for this one. 

In an interview with Good Morning Britain, the Chelsea heartthrob revealed that he has suffered from depression and things have been so bad that he has considered suicide in the past. 

The illness took hold of the reality star in his early teens after the break up of his parents marriage. 

"My issues started at a very young age. My parents who are phenomenal, unfortunately had their differences, it was quite an unhappy marriage for them, which unfortunately affected my sister and I.

"I think it began at nine or 10 for me, being exposed to the arguments, they never intentionally did it, but unfortunately that was the case."

"So I started to be affected mentally by that.

"It was not until my parents divorced when I was 13 when things actually started to really progress and get far, far worse.

"The way I was behaving in school became quite erratic, I became very aggressive and again just not having an understanding of the way I was behaving and why I was doing it. It was a bad cycle."

JP was speaking out to raise awareness as part of Good Morning Britain's Changing Minds campaign. 

Watch the interview below:

 

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