Casey Batchelor has revealed she attempted to take her own life while suffering with crippling depression as a teeanger.
The CBB beauty, who was just 15 when she took an overdose, was struggling to cope with the breakdown of her parent’s marriage and stopped speaking to her mother when she moved in with her dad.
She also admits she had no friends at school and found it difficult to talk to anyone about her issues, which led her to taking pills from a stash she found in her father’s bathroom cupboard.
Speaking to The Sun newspaper as part of a new mental health campaign, Casey said: “I took the pull and waited on the bed for the drugs to take effect.
“I expected to feel drowsy – that was my hope, that I would just drift off.”
But the overdose didn’t end her life and she woke up in the early hours of the morning feeling nauseous and was violently ill, being sick for “hours and hours”.
She chose to tell her dad she had a stomach bug because she didn’t want anyone to know she’d tried to kill herself and stayed off school for a week until she recovered.
Casey, 30, eventually told her mum in an emotional phone call six months later and admits revealing she had a problem with depression was the “hardest thing” to do.
The TV beauty, who went on to have a successful career in modelling, didn’t realise the severity of what she’d done until she was an adult and claims it was more of a cry for help than a real desire to end her life.
Casey was bullied for having big boobs and girls pulled her hair for being studious and soaked all of her clothes, making every day a humiliating.
“As a child, all I wanted was to be listened to and for people to realise how tough the combination of juggling my studies, my parents divorce and the constant bullying really was,” she said.
If you feel suicidal or have a problem with depression, call the Samaritans helpline on 08457909090.