Michelle Collins opens up on suicide attempt

'Coronation Street' actress Michelle Collins has opened up about her depression after leaving 'EastEnders' in 1998 and her split from Fabrizio Tassalini and her subsequent suicide attempt

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Michelle Collins

Michelle Collins tried to kill herself after being "tipped over the edge" by personal and professional problems.

The soap star - who had quit 'EastEnders' in 1998 and split from partner Fabrizio Tassalini - "felt like a failure" and took an overdose of pills as she plunged into depression.

She told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "I felt like I'd been tipped over the edge.

"I felt like a failure and fund myself sinking lower and lower as the days went on, until in the end I couldn't seem to pull myself out of the hole.

"I remember swallowing some pills. There was no definite plan or explicit decision behind my actions. It just happened."

The actress - who now stars in 'Coronation Street' - admitted she "foolishly" thought nobody would miss her and described her state of mind at the time as "unthinkable".

She added: "The question that kept going through my mind was, 'Would anybody miss me if I wasn't here?' Foolishly I somehow decided no one would.

"When i think about what I did now it all sounds very melodramatic, but I guess that's the nature of depression. How low must I have been to do something like that? It was unthinkable."

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