The 24-year-old Saturday’s singer recently talked to reporters about the things she struggles with: “Just the confrontation of talking to someone or being in a room with other people and knowing they’re looking at you – even knowing you have to have a conversation with someone.”
Since coming out of rehab in 2011, Ms Sandford says she’s still been struggling with everyday life. She told BBC Newsbeat that it’s these small everyday things she finds most difficult, which makes it hard for other people to understand.
The singer has struggled with depression since she was 15, after leaving her previous band S Club Juniors eight years ago.
She says her current band-mates are hugely supportive of her illness, and that she was surprised by how calmly they took the news because she imagined it would become a ‘big thing’. She says the girls are always there for her if she suffers a panic attack, or feels down for the day.
Now that she has teamed up with mental health awareness campaign ‘Time to Talk’, Frankie is keen to help others going through similar experiences. She advises friends, family and colleagues of sufferers to keep an eye out to make sure everything is ok every now and then. Checking in with a simple text or Facebook message can make all the difference as it lets that person know they matter to someone.
Some symptoms of depression include:
- loss of sleep/changes in sleep patterns
- overeating or not eating enough
- powerful guilt or worthlessness
- physical pain
- suicidal thoughts.
If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, you can find out more about getting help from a counsellor by visiting our Depression page.
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