Love Island’s Megan Barton-Hanson Opens Up About Experiencing Suicidal Thoughts
"I was on the sofa with my mum asking her permission. Asking, 'Can I kill myself?'"
Megan Barton Hanson has opened up about her experience with depression and revealed that there was a point before Love Island where she asked her mum for permission to take her own life.
During an interview with MailOnline, the 24-year-old shared: “I have struggled with this on and off throughout my life. Depression. I remember even this year in January, I was on the sofa with my mum asking her permission. Asking, 'Can I kill myself?'
"And there was nothing she could do. She told me to call 111. It's the worst thing watching someone you love suffer. And you can't help someone who doesn't want to be helped, they can't see the light."
Megan continued: "I think it needs to be spoken about. I have been in that situation of, like, helplessness, when my mum and my nana said, 'What can I do for you?' And if more people were open about it, there would be more hope."
Discussing her reasons for going public with this, she added: “Helping others is what makes my heart feel full. I get so many DMs from women saying I'm going through this and asking me to help out. I have so much passion and it makes me feel good.
Having found love with Wes Nelson on the ITV2 show, she credited the experience with actively improving her mental health: “In there, there was no social media, no money, no outside influences. You're just with people.
She added: “They feel love for you and your character. You're so stripped back. You're limited on alcohol, there are no phones, no distractions. That really did help me, I think."
If you need to speak about any of the topics discussed here, please contact Mind – the mental health charity on 0300 123 3393 or visit their website at www.mind.org.uk