Anna Williamson announced as ambassador for Mind
Published Jul 16 2013, 16:40 BST
By Edward Miskin
Mental health charity Mind announced today that TV presenter and Digital Spy columnist Anna Williamson
will take the place of official ambassador.
The star, who used to suffer from severe anxiety and panic attacks, is to start her role by offering advice to guests on a segment of ITV's This Morning
Anna Williamson - new ambassador for Mind
"I am passionate about raising awareness and thrilled to be joining Mind as an ambassador," Williamson said.
"Through my new role I'm determined to let people know it's ok to ask for help."
Williamson revealed she used to suffer from severe anxiety and panic attacks until she was recommended a consultant psychologist who was able to treat her.
"Since I first shared my own experiences, I've heard from so many others in the same position," she explained.
"It's easy to forget you're not alone, that actually 1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem every year."
Mind has reported a 30% rise in suicide-related calls to its infoline this year, and in total the infoline has received 50% more calls in the last year than in any other.
The charity wants to publicise the importance of getting in touch before sufferers hit crisis point.
Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind, said that "when people in the public eye speak out, it inspires others to seek help" and that Williamson's "honesty and candour will strike a chord with many others".The Mind infoline is a confidential telephone service providing information about mental health diagnosis, treatment, medication and local services. Open from 9am-6pm Monday to Friday, calls are charged at the local rate and can be reached on 0300 123 3393.