Phillip Schofield credits Holly and his family for help in ‘darkest times’

Phillip Schofield opened up about being in a "dark and scary place" during an emotional talk about mental health on Thursday's This Morning.

The 58-year-old ITV presenter seemed to be close to tears as he spoke about his struggle with mental health during a discussion about the increase in male depression during lockdown.

Phillip credited his co-presenter, Holly Willoughby, and his family for helping him through some of his darkest times in the brave discussion.

Speaking to CALM CEO Simon Gunning, he explained: "Over the next few weeks I will be talking quite a lot about my mental health and where my head has been in recent times.

"And it's surprising how you think you've got a grip on everything and then suddenly your head takes you to dark and scary places.

"You say loved ones can be instrumental in helping and there's no question that I needed a lot of help in recent times with people who sit at the side of me right now, who helped me enormously."

He continued discussing how his wife Stephanie, and friend and co-star Holly Willoughby had helped him through the dark period.

Phil said: "Steph, my wife at home, my girls, my family. And loved ones can be instrumental in helping.

"I understand, I realise that not everyone is as lucky as I am to have sympathetic ears to listen to and understand how much you can help someone just by listening.

"The first point surely has to be, reach out to the people that know you the best and hopefully you'll find a rock that you can tie yourself to."

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Phil also addressed the necessity of not making any rash decisions during those dark times.

He said: "Ive been to some fairly dark places that when those clouds roll in," Phil said. "Don't rush to judge in your life because you don't realise where it can go quite quickly."

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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