Wynne Evans shared a heartfelt Christmas video post about her battle with depression.
The Welsh opera singer and host, also known as flamboyant tenor Gio Compario in advertisements for insurance comparison site Gocompare.com, has spoken of taking antidepressants.
He described Christmas as a “really tough time” and urged people in difficulty “to talk to someone”.
He also pleaded with friends and family of people who they believe are struggling to “just give them an extra hug this year.”
Evans posted the video ahead of the Wynne Evans Big Christmas Eve Show airing on BBC Radio Wales this morning.
In the video message, eh said, “Hello everyone. We’re getting ready for the big New Years show. But I wanted to show you some of my prep each day. Citalopram. These are my antidepressants that I have to take every day. to stay on the right path if you will and to keep a grip on what’s going on in my head.
“And Christmas is a really tough time. So if you’re thinking, “I can’t do it this year,” then please talk to someone, please. And if you’ve got a friend or family who you think is struggling, just give them an extra hug this year. I’ll see you on the air at 8:30 p.m., but remember you’re never alone. We are always together. We are separate but we are together.
I wanted to be in front. I often talk about my depression on the air, but it’s part of my daily life now. If you have a hard time on Christmas, please ask for help xxxx pic.twitter.com/UTUUoKAQn1
– Wynne Evans (@wynneevans) December 24, 2021
The post was greeted with a wave of positive comments.
Brett Hawkridge said: “Good man Wynne, you know this will concern and help at least one person this Christmas. Speaking up and breaking the stigma around mental health is so important for people with a platform. Merry Christmas to everyone.”
Susan Myers said: “Thanks for sharing, Merry Christmas your lovely smile makes me smile.”
Philip Thorpe said, “Well said. Hold on tight and merry Christmas to you.
Nia Humphreys said: “An amazing message Wynne thank you so many of you keep going throughout the year we are here for you too remember! Nadolig Llawen i chi.
Rob Ryan said: “All the best Wynne. Merry Christmas to you and your family and thank you for helping to bring some joy in a difficult and uncertain time. So I look forward to listening to your show today.” hui.
Ashley Collins said: “A fantastic companion. So brave, and I mean brave, to open up. You could literally save a life by doing so. Have a good Christmas buddy.