Former X Factor star Louisa Johnson has shared how she spent time in rehab earlier this year for “trauma, depression and anxiety”.
In a candid Instagram post to mark World Mental Health Day on Sunday, the singer, 23, said that “healing is not linear” and she wanted to help others by sharing her story.
Posting a collection of photos which showed her at both her highs and lows over the past few months, Louisa penned a lengthy message.
Louisa penned: "Healing is notttttt linear. Guys I’m not even gonna lie I am well scared to post this but whoooooo caresssssss.. I just want to try and help xxx vulnerability is your power as I try and remind myself not everyone needs to know everything, but this is a huge part of my life and my growth.
"Ive been reflecting as it’s mental health awareness day, as a society we’ve come sooo far and I feel so proud of it I love how many people are talking and starting difficult conversations, it’s so important, when we dig deeper and make deeper connections I think we start to realise that we are all the same deep down or we can connect with eachother in one way or another, it makes us feel less alone.
"Earlier this year I went to rehab for trauma, depression & anxiety and I wasn’t really ever gonna share my experience until recently, I’m actually so proud of my journey so why wouldn’t I talk about it? & thank God for professionals who dedicate their lives to helping people, and helping to make sense of trauma.
"We all go through it and we all need a little bit of extra help from time to time I’d hope that this can help people see that there’s much more to people than what the surface shows (Instagram, social media, even when you bump into someone in the street) It was the most life changing, eye opening, painful, liberating experience of my f**king life!
"And I will always try my best to encourage others to reach out and ask for help. I understand it’s difficult. I’ve been sad, lonely, unhappy and hurting and I didn’t want to stay there.
"Ahhh god I’ll say it again I’m so proud of my journey I’ve had the weirdest / best year of my life but I’ve been the happiest version of myself. Everyday I’m growing as a person and it’s really hard to constantly show up and choose yourself 24/7!
"I have and continue to learn so much everyday about life and myself and I know things have taken such a long time to be ready but will always put me first.
"I’m also soooo excited to share my music about my experiences with you I just hope you love it I’m proud of anybody trying & anybody speaking about their pain. Everything is temporary xxx #mentalhealthawareness."
Louisa was the winner of the 2015 series of X Factor, where she was mentored by Rita Ora.
She's previously spoken how appearing on the talent contest at just 17 led to her struggling with her mental health, eventually to the point where she found it difficult to get out of bed in the morning.
Speaking to The Mirror last year she said: "It's weird because this was always my dream – it's what I've always wanted to do – but when I was literally living the dream, I didn't remember things. I couldn't even tell you what I did during the first two years of my career – I have no idea.
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"It was just a whirlwind of emotions and I didn't want to get out of bed to do these things I've always wanted to do.
"Looking back now, I wish I did, but you can't change things. I feel lucky that I came out of the other side of it and I've got good people around me."
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