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18 Aug 2012

How I learned not to panic in the thick of it: Comedy actress Rebecca Front on conquering anxiety

Last February, actress Rebecca Front, the BAFTA-winning star of Grandma’s House, The Thick Of It and Nighty Night, accidentally unleashed something very unBritish.

After confessing, via Twitter, that she had panic attacks – using the hashtag ‘whatstigma’ – thousands of others started revealing, many for the first time, their own mental health problems.
‘I had been watching the news and there was an item about mental health,’ she says. ‘They kept showing Nick Clegg talking about the stigma. And I was thinking how odd it is that there’s still such a stigma.

‘I sent the tweet, went out to an awards ceremony and by the time I got there, the response had become unbelievable, with mental health organisations such as Mind and Anxiety UK on the phone saying, “Can we talk to you? It’s extraordinary what you’ve done.”

‘I was thinking, I didn’t do anything!’

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