To show her support for our mental health campaign Where's Your Head At?, Giovanna Fletcher spoke to us about her experiences with mental health.
The soon-to-be mum of three revealed that her biggest emotional battle was "going through a miscarriage. [It] was the hardest thing. It feels like such a lonely grief.
"For me [the miscarriage] happened at 6 weeks, so before we had really told anyone [about the pregnancy]. So then when you are telling people [about your miscarriage], you’re not only telling them that you were pregnant but that you’d lost a child. I felt like I’d failed me, I’d failed Tom [and] I’d failed the baby.
She added, "it was my first taste of motherhood and I think it affected me in a really bad way." After overcoming this tough emotional battle, Giovanna is now pregnant with her third child, and we couldn't be happier for her.
She also talked about how social media plays an effect on our mental health. "There’s a lot of pressure on parents and mums in particular to feel like they’re getting it right all the time."
"It’s very easy to look at other people, especially on Instagram where it’s all glossy and everyone’s getting it right. You think 'why am I not like that? Why do I feel like I’m failing and getting it wrong?'
"Well actually, most people feel like that and there’s a whole place on the internet where you can go and find like-minded people who put your mind at ease."
We need YOUR help to make it a legal requirement to have a trained mental health first aider in every workplace or college. Please sign our petition at wheresyourheadat.org and use the hashtag #WheresYourHeadAt to support the campaign.
You can buy Giovanna and Tom Fletcher's book Eve of Man here.