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10th May 2021

Scarlett Moffatt says women “shouldn’t have to grow a thick skin to put up with all of this abuse”

Sarah McKenna Barry

The star is now an ambassador for the Samaritans.

Gogglebox star and I’m A Celeb winner Scarlett Moffatt has addressed some of the online abuse she’s received throughout the years.

In an interview with Grazia, Scarlett spoke about how she turned to the Samaritans to help with her anxiety.

“I called the Samaritans because I just needed to offload,” she said. “It was getting to the point where I was pretending I was going go to work when I was literally just sat in the house.

“And as soon as I called, it was just this little voice of hope. I remember I hadn’t slept well for a full week, but that night, I slept well after speaking to them.”

Scarlett told the magazine that online trolling took a toll on her mental health. She went to her GP, who diagnosed her with anxiety and sent her for cognitive behavioural therapy.

“Women shouldn’t have to grow a thick skin to put up with all this abuse,” Scarlett said. “But I think until things start to change, it’s good to have good coping mechanisms in place.”

Earlier today, it was announced that the Googlebox star would be the new ambassador for the Samaritans.

In a statement, she said:

“I’m proud to be supporting Samaritans, it’s a charity that is really close to my heart. When I called for support, I was totally overwhelmed and didn’t want to burden anyone with how I was feeling. It was so nice to offload to someone I didn’t know, and that first conversation gave me the confidence to speak to my family and friends.

“I’m not sure how I would be feeling today if I hadn’t called, having someone listen to me without judgement felt like a weight lifted. I want people to know that everyone struggles at some point, but it doesn’t last forever, and you don’t have to go through it alone. There is light at the end of the tunnel and there are people that want to help and are ready to listen.”

In Ireland, the Samaritans can be reached for free day and night by calling 116 123. For more information on getting support, head to their website.