Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan returns to social media following mental health battle

Helen Flanagan opens up about mental health battle that forced her to pull out of theatre production
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Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan has returned to social media after a long break. The actress, 33, opened up about her mental health battle following the breakdown of her relationship with Bristol Rovers footballer Scott Sinclair

Helen and Scott were in a relationship for 13 years and engaged for four years before splitting up in October 2022. They share three young children together Matilda, Delilah and youngest son Charlie. 

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The mother of three opened up on social media about her mental health issues over December and January and explained that a bad reaction to her ADHD medication sent her into a state of “psychosis for a few days”. 

Taking to Instagram Helen wrote a lengthy social media that read: “So basically I really struggled mental health wise December/ January xxx I felt really not great in my head over Christmas and I didn’t really feel that much different when I took the kids away for new year xxx I had a lot of difficult things going on things I just can’t talk about on Instagram x 

“I felt terrible, so I was due my theatre tour which I was excited about so when I came back from holiday I thought it was best for me to take some medication so I’d feel better and be able to cope better with being a working single mum of three and I was emotionally struggling with the break up from the father of my kids but I had a really bad reaction though to the medication ( an ADHD medication) and it sent me into a psychosis for a few days which I didn’t know I was in x 

“I just love my kids so much x this bad reaction though was a few days before rehearsals were starting and sadly I just wasn’t mentally well enough to do it xxx I was heartbroken as I’ve always been professional as an actress but i needed to stay at home and feel better for me and my kids, with the help of my amazing parents xxx 

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“I’ve always been honest on here and I feel in a really good happy place now xxx therapy can be amazing and I feel like I’ve worked on myself with things that were quite tough to me but I feel lighter now anyway sending love and please be kind”

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