GORDON Ramsay's daughter Holly has revealed she was sexually assaulted twice at the age of 18, leading to a devastating battle with PTSD that saw her spend three months in a mental health hospital.
The 21-year-old praised the celebrity chef, 54, for helping her through her trauma after she confided in loved ones a year later.
She said: "I went to university, studied fashion design, and I loved it. But by the second half of the first year I was being affected by my PTSD and I had no idea that this was happening.
"I was going out a lot, missing class because I’d been out. I wasn’t enjoying myself at all. I was struggling a lot.
"The PTSD was a result of two sexual assaults when I was 18. I didn’t tell anyone about it until a year afterwards. I just buried it in a box in the back of my mind."
Holly's mental health deteriorated to the stage where she left London's Ravensbourne University after one year and was admitted to the Nightingale Hospital in Marylebone, the capital's only private mental health hospital.
She explained on her 21 & Over podcast: "That was where I was diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety and depression.
"Since then, I have been in therapy up to three times a week. I now have these diagnoses that I carry around with me.
"It’s confusing and I’m trying to take control of my narrative and use that to make something good."
Holly praised Gordon, as well mum Tana, 46, her twin Jack, sisters Megan, 23, and Tilly, 19, and youngest brother Oscar, two, for giving her "the greatest unconditional support".
Holly, who was targeted for this year's series of Love Island, added of her "amazing" family: "It's brought me closer to them in many ways.
"I’ve lost friends. It’s definitely a journey. But I hope that by speaking out I can help other people."
Holly, who began studying at the Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design in October and also helped run social media for her father's restaurants, opened up further about her struggles on Instagram.
She wrote: "I hope we can continue to break the stigma surrounding our mental health.
"Asking for help is not only the bravest thing you can do, but it is also your first step to reaching a happier & healthier you."
Gordon has spoken candidly about his own mental health in the past, revealing last year that he suffers anxiety attacks on a weekly basis.
He said: "I push myself into vulnerability packed with insecurity and hope I don't make myself look stupid."
YOU’RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
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