Corrie’s Tina O’Brien opens up about suffering from postnatal depression

She's spoken out for the first time

Tina O'Brien

by Emma Dodds |
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Coronation Street actress Tina O'Brien has opened up about suffering from postnatal depression after she had her daughter, Scarlett. The 35-year-old, who has played Sarah-Louise Platt on the soap on and off since 1999, took on the 10-Year Challenge to speak out about the illness.

Sharing two photos of herself with her daughter, who she shares with ex-boyfriend and former co-star Ryan Thomas, Tina revealed that she'd suffered from the illness after having her daughter and finding herself single.

Tina O'Brien and Ryan Thomas
©Tina O'Brien and Ryan Thomas in 2006 © Getty Images

She wrote, '#10yearchallenge wouldn’t be complete without my incredible 10 year old daughter. I wish I could tell the scared and fragile Tina of 10 years ago it’s going to be ok, you will get through this. I had very bad post natal depression even looking at the pic on the left reminds me how bad it was and that makes me so sad.'

Tina wrote that she wishes she'd 'had the confidence to ask for help' as 'life felt pretty dark for a little while', but that the 'dark days eventually lifted'. She wrote, 'I was then a single mum, times when absolutely no income was coming in. I’d be lying if I said it was easy. 2009 was a tough year But to get through things sure as hell makes you stronger.'

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Amy has been hiding a big secret. She bunks off school to visit a fertility clinic, telling the nurse she's pregnant and needs the abortion pill.

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But the nurse tells her she needs a responsible adults consent. Amy asks Liz to meet her, and confides in her about her pregnancy.

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Liz manages to convince Amy to speak to her parents, and leads a traumatised Amy back home.

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Steve is furious, and instantly jumps to conclusions. He storms round to the corner shop and accuses Aadi of getting in daughter pregnant.

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But Tracy is more gentle, and manages to get some information out of Amy, who insists it was consensual sex that happened at a party just before Christmas.

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Tracy accompanies Amy to the clinic, where she is told she'll need an ultrasound scan before they can assess what kind of termination she needs.

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But they're both horrified to learn Amy is 10 weeks pregnant and will need a surgical abortion. Tracy turns to Amy demanding the truth.

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Steve has caught Amy discussing her situation with Simon, and instantly jumps to conclusions. He expresses his suspicions to Tracy.

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The two of them head over to Peter's house and accuse Simon of being the dad. Simon insists it's nothing to do with him.

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Later on, a run in in the street turns nasty when Tracy lays into Leanne about Simon. Having already spoken to Simon herself, Leanne vehemently defends his corner.

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But clocking the expensive clothes Gary has bought him, Sarah quietly seethes, knowing how strapped for cash they are.

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Sarah is fed up of living at the Platts, especially as they're now without a bedroom. She's even more furious when she learns Gary has been for lunch with Nicola and Zack, and a potential job for Audrey has fallen through.

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Gary begs Nick for a pay rise, but he refuses.

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After drowning her frustrations at the pub, Sarah accepts Adam's offer of a night cap, eager to avoid Gary.

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The two of them flirt over a bottle of wine, but how will Sarah react when Adam goes in for a kiss?

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As Sarah leaves Adam's flat, the two of them are spotted by Seb from across the street.

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Assuming Adam is hassling Sarah, Seb steps in and gets aggressive warning Adam off Sarah.

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But Adam is having none of it and swings a punch, hitting Seb and knocking him to the floor.

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Sarah brings Seb back to hers to recover, but when Gary comes home she lies and says Seb was attacked by a stranger. Will Seb play along?

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At the hospital, Sinead finally gets a chance to bond with baby Bertie, tentatively putting her hand in the incubator.

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On her way home from the interview, she bumps into Peter working on his boat. The two of them exchange some flirty chat.

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Tyrone is concerned about Evelyn after she doesn't show up for bingo, and forgets to collect Ruby from school. He urges her to see a doctor about her memory problems, but Evelyn is brisk and dismissive.

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James explains that Evelyn took him under her wing when his parents died, and the two of them go on holiday together every year.

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Tyrone is surprised, and inexplicably jealous, to learn there's a side of his gran he's never known about.

She went on to say that she's had some 'incredible highs, great opportunities and jobs', and has met some 'wonderful people' who she's still in touch with, and paid tribute to her 'beautiful, kind' daughter.

She concluded, 'Feeling in a very wonderful place in 2019 married to the most caring and incredible man I could ever wish to have met. Sometimes I still can’t believe you picked me @adamcrofts I feel so loved and I feel so bloody grateful to be a part of our little family. I’ll never take any of it for granted I promise.' [sic]

Fans praised Tina for speaking out, with many writing messages of support under the post. One wrote, 'You're such an inspiration 💞 glad you're in a good place and wish you every happiness' and another added, 'Very lovely & inspiring post! Well done to you!'

She also responded to a lot of comments from her fans who opened up about their own experience with postnatal depression, wishing them well and sending kind words.

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