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Supermodel talks to her mum about depression

Adwoa Aboah
Adwoa Aboah Image credit: bbc.co.uk

In an exclusive BBC interview supermodel Adwoa Aboah has been discussing her battle with mental health revealing she almost took her own life when things started spiralling out of control.

The face of brands such as H&M, Marc Jacobs and Chanel told BBC Newsbeat: "I dealt with depression by cutting off completely from all emotion,

"I went to a school where the girls that were found attractive were the complete opposite to me.

"I judged my worth on how many boyfriends everyone had, and I wanted to jump out of my skin every second of every day.

"And sometimes I still want to do that."

Aboah features in one of ten films which form the Heads Together mental health campaign released by Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

In her video we see Adwoa talking about her condition for the first time with her mother, Camilla. She tells her mum the illness can be traced back to when she arrived home from Glastonbury one year.

Admitting she went through a stage of drinking and taking drugs the model revealed she was also suffering from bipolar disorder and addiction which finally came to a near fatal end two years ago.

In October 2015 Afwoa went into a coma after taking an overdose, despite spending three stints in rehab.

"I made this decision that I can't deal with these things. I can't deal with waking up and being sad.

"I [thought] the best thing to do was to not talk about anything, at all." She reveals in the film.

It wasn’t until Afwoa filmed the awareness video with her mother when she realised the effects of the illness was having on Camilla.

"I saw what she had to go through. She had to be my strength.” The Supermodel admits.

"She was the one that was at my bedside when I went into a coma. [The doctors] kept telling her that I might not wake up, but she was like, 'I can't even think of her not waking up. She's going to be fine.'"

She goes on to warn young people about the effects social media can have…

"The worst thing to do when I'm feeling insecure or a bit vulnerable is to scroll through Instagram.

"You only show when life is good on social media. Everyone looks happy all the time."

Adwoa now wants to support others going through similar tough times. Setting up the Gurls Talk campaign she hopes other women will now have the opportunity to express their emotions.

"Right now there's this boom of celebrating girls who are being themselves, and celebrating girls who are using their platform for something bigger than just a selfie," she says.

For support on depression visit the Heads Together website.