'Resisting the temptation to give up': Top Tory MP bravely opens up about battle with mental health

16 August 2022, 19:58

Top Tory MP bravely opens up about battle with mental health
Top Tory MP bravely opens up about battle with mental health. Picture: Parliament UK/ Twitter

By Megan Hinton

A senior Tory MP has opened up about his battle with mental health as he announced he will be taking a "short break" from parliamentary responsibilities.

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William Wragg, told followers on Twitter that be had been struggling with "severe" depression and anxiety after battling them for almost the entirety of his adult life.

The Vice-Chair of the 1922 Committee of backbench MPs, was met with praise from members of the public for being open about a topic often considered "taboo".

The Conservative MP for the Hazel Grove wrote in a statement: "I have lived with depression and anxiety for most of my adult life. At the moment, both are severe.

"I am resisting the temptation to give up entirely. As such, I require a short break. I know that how I feel is far from unique.

"I would say to anyone who feels similarly, that they should speak to someone they trust, seek and accept support.

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"Do not assume those who are outwardly confident and successful are without doubts and despair. I am only making this statement as an explanation, instead of giving recurrent excuses.

"My constituents can continue to contact my office when they require assistance. My hard-working team will continue to do their utmost to help them.

"In the meantime, I look forward to returning refreshed, better able to represent my constituents, loving life and myself a little bit more."

In response to the emotional statement, former Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: "So sorry to hear this and thank you for speaking up. Hope you feel better soon my friend."

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Tory MP Stuart Anderson added: “Sorry to hear this, hope you are ok. Here if you need to chat.”

Whilst Labour MP Alex Davies-Jones wrote: "So sorry to read this Will! Wishing you well and a speedy recovery."

If you have been affected by the issues raised in this article, or anyone you know, needs help reach out to the following organisations for support: