Roman Kemp reveals that during his battle with depression, he considered jumping in front of a train.

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Roman Kemp reveals that during his battle with depression, he considered jumping in front of a train.

ROMAN Kemp has been up since 5 a.m. to host his morning radio show, but his mother Shirlie is giving him a run for his money when it comes to getting up early.

She’s already done “a day’s work” before arriving at our 10 a.m. photo shoot, having cleaned Roman’s London flat.

“Even though it’s spotless, she always finds something wrong and starts tidying,” Roman teases.

Shirlie, 59, laughs and says she enjoys ensuring his well-being.

“When you live alone, you don’t get that nurturing.

“I have a lot of fun looking after you.”

Shirlie is understandably concerned about her son’s well-being.

Roman’s ground-breaking and NTA-nominated BBC documentary Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency, which aired just over a year ago, explored the mental health crisis afflicting young men in the UK and revealed his own struggles with depression.

He spoke out about a time in 2019 when he considered suicide after discontinuing antidepressants and hitting rock bottom.

Finally, he dialed his mother’s number in tears, pleading for assistance.

Shirlie recalls, “I just said, ‘I’m coming, I’ll be there.'”

“Then I got in my car.”

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Boys, in particular, do not like to be ‘over-mothered,’ but you can simply be present.

“I said I’d stay and clean, cook, wash, and iron everything and just reset everything,” she explained.

To get him back, I felt like I had to reset.”

Shirlie, who has lived with anxiety her entire life and believes her father suffered from depression, was the one who first noticed something concerning about Roman, now 28, when he was in his teens.

“I noticed a significant change in his demeanor,” she says.

“He became quiet and began to spend a lot of time in his room.”

And he became a lot moodier, despite the fact that he is normally a funny, jokey guy who does impersonations.

“I told him, ‘I think you’re depressed,’ and ‘I’d like you to see a doctor and talk to someone else about it.’ He told the doctor something he’d never told me – that when he woke up, it felt like someone had given him bad news, but they hadn’t.’

“The doctor told him he had clinical depression, and what I realized is that it’s not that your children are depressed because they’ve had a bad life – it’s that they’ve…

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