Rebekah Vardy

Rebekah Vardy

Mother of 2 and wife of England and Leicester footballer Jamie, Rebekah Vardy speaks openely of her Post Natal Depression and the undiagnosed depression she suffered in her teens.

We are happy to announce that avid supporter of YoungMinds and devoted mum, Rebekah Vardy, has decided to become an Ambassador. 

Rebekah said that YoungMinds is a charity “that would have benefited me as a youngster, so I am honoured that they have appointed me as an Ambassador.

When I was struggling with my mental health as a teenager, I didn’t know what was going on. I was angry, upset and felt alone. My whole personality changed, I behaved badly and I felt like the black sheep of the family. I was living in a world of my own that no one else understood or noticed. I was labelled as a problem child.

"It wasn’t until I had my second child and was diagnosed with Post Natal Depression that I started seeing a counselor and discovered that I had been suffering from depression as a teenager. No one realised, or took the time to notice, that a trauma I had experienced in my early teens had affected me so emotionally that it had triggered depression in me."

If I had contacted a charity like YoungMinds or if an adult had noticed what was going on thanks to the type of training that they offer, then I could have received the help and support that I needed and my teenage years could have been very different. I hope that my involvement with YoungMinds can help to change the lives of youngsters who have been suffering in silence.

Diane Gault, Director of Fundraising for YoungMinds says: “We are delighted to welcome Rebekah as an Ambassador of YoungMinds.

Rebekah has been incredibly brave in speaking about her childhood abuse and explaining how that affected her mental health. We hope that Rebekah’s support as an Ambassador for YoungMinds and her willingness to share her story will help more people to realise that they are not alone, to speak out and to get help.”

Supporting Parents

If you’re worried about a child or young person’s mental health, there is plenty of help and advice including our free Parents Helpline.

It gave me a lot of encouragement that I could do this and I could really be there for my son.
Catherine, Parent
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