Rob Beckett opens up on secret depression struggle
- Bang Showbiz
- 11 October 2021
Comedian Rob Beckett has bravely opened up on his mental health struggles in his new book 'A Class Act', admitting he felt suicidal whilst in South Africa filming a TV show
Rob Beckett has bravely opened up about his battle with depression – recalling how he woke up one morning thinking "tt would be better if I was dead".
The 35-year-old comedian was plagued with those suicidal when he was in a South African hotel room two years ago believing it would make more sense if he was no longer around, despite experiencing a career high and to onlookers having an idyllic family life.
Rob subsequently returned home almost immediately and started seeing a therapist which changed his life, and he admits he has no hesitation in seeking professional help for his mental health whenever "the darkness creeps in".
Writing in his new memoir, 'A Class Act', he said: "On January 4, 2020, I was nailing it. I had just flown into Cape Town, South Africa, in first class to film a TV show. The show was watching cricket, drinking beer and going on safari with one of my best mates and getting paid.
“This filming was squeezed in during a nationwide sell-out tour.
“Happily married to the love of my life, with two kids in a family home newly renovated. I had surpassed my wildest dreams. But I was the unhappiest I have ever been.
“I woke up on January 5 in a five-star hotel room thinking it would be better and easier for everyone if I was dead.
“I put on a smile and finished filming.
"I got back to the UK and told my wife and my friend/manager how I felt.
"Then I went straight to a therapist, who I saw weekly for six months, and I still check in with the therapist when I feel the darkness creep in."
Rob's own experience of depression made him appreciate just how important it is to "talk about mental health".
The '8 Out of 10 Cats ' star has urged his fans to "never judge yourself for feeling low".
He said: “I am telling you this as I always promote the message that people should talk about mental health, but I rarely do.
“So here I am, talking. I wanted to die when I had everything I ever wanted. So never judge yourself for feeling low. Tell someone and they will help you feel better.”