‘I couldn’t handle it.’ Suranne Jones discusses her health struggles following the death of her father.
SURANNE JONES has spoken out about her mental health, stating that she wants to end the “taboo” of taking medicine for depression and anxiety.
Suranne Jones, best known for her performances in Doctor Foster and Coronation Street, has spoken up about coping with her father’s passing earlier this year. After losing her mother in 2016, the actress suffered a “public meltdown” and was put on medicine before taking a year off. However, once her father died, she returned to drugs to help her deal.
Suranne added, “I delivered my kid in 2016, in the end of February, and by the end of 2016, I had lost my mother.”
“What I did was I went into work because I thought, ‘Well, I’ll accept a job because I want to show that I’m back in the game,’ which is a whole other conversation about mothers, especially actors, saying, ‘I can do it all, don’t write me off,'” she says.
“I had a very public breakdown on stage in front of the crowd, and there was a build-up to it that I didn’t recognize,” the actress continued.
Suranne was appearing in Frozen in 2018 at the time, and she struggled with the subject matter.
“You’d think I’d quit at that point, but I said to myself, ‘It’s OK, I’ve got this fantastic opportunity – Gentleman Jack – I’m going to do it because I think it will benefit me,’” she continued.
“To an extent, it did because Anne Lister is such a lovely character to play.”
However, things grew unmanageable, and the actress admitted that she “didn’t want” to take medicine but that she “felt compelled” to do so because she “was that far gone.”
She remarked on Fearne Cotton’s podcast Happy Place, “So, after the first Gentleman Jack, I had a really major breakdown and I was offered medication, and I took it.”
“I didn’t want to do it.” I took it kicking and screaming, but I was so far gone by that point, because I’d experienced the death of my mother and then gone on to do two enormous performances, and my husband didn’t know how to help me, and we could see that all of the things I was clinging to to put my life in order weren’t working anymore.”
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